Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Memphis' Marc Gasol Wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Memphis' Marc Gasol is this season's NBA Defensive Player of the Year. (cbssports.com)

While the older Gasol brother has been trying to find his place in the hurricane that is the Los Angeles Lakers, younger brother Marc has had an impressive season that just led to the announcement by the Memphis Commercial Appeal that he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

Gasol averaged 7.8 rebounds per game, 1.7 blocks and one steal per contest this season to go along with 14.1 ppg. Gasol's defensive game got even better down the stretch in April, where he averaged 8.4 rebounds, two blocks and 1.3 steals per game.

Memphis is the No. 1 defensive team in the country, allowing just 89.3 ppg while playing in the Western Conference where most teams give up more than 100 per game.

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