NBA News: Marc Gasol To Receive Defensive Player Of The Year Award

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Sacramento KingsMemphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol won his first career Defensive Player of the Year Award Monday afternoon.

Gasol averaged 1.7 blocks during the season and helped spearhead a Grizzlies defense that allowed a league best 89.3 points per game.

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Gasol, who was drafted by the Lakers and traded to Memphis for his brother Pau, is the first European-born NBA player to win the award. He helped lead the Grizzlies to a 56-26 record and the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

With the departure of forward Rudy Gay, Gasol has assumed the role as the face of the Grizzlies and helped instill a defensive mentality throughout the team.

While he didn’t have eye-popping stating in the major defensive categories, it’s clear that voters rewarded Gasol for helping anchor the Grizzlies stifling defense.

For more about Gasol, head over to SportsCity.com

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