Tyson Chandler notched another defensive accolade with the NBA’s selection of him the league’s 2013 All-Defense 1st team.
Chandler, who won the Defensive Player of the Year last year but the was named to the league’s second All-Defense team, had the distinctions flipped for 2013. Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol beat out Chandler for Defensive Player of the year for this season.
Chandler averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds and 1 block this season. He received 24 votes in the All-Defense team voting, and joins other first team selections in Joakim Noah, LeBron James, Tony Allen, Chris Paul and Serge Ibaka.
You have to love the irony. Just days after being torched by Roy Hibbert and having one of his worst defensive games of the year, Chandler gets an award that many fans would call debatable. I’ll talk more about that later today, but for now let’s hope Chandler uses this to find his own motivation for tonight’s huge game four in Indiana.