The Bulls and the NBA will announce that Joakim Noah is the Defensive Player of the Year at a 4 p.m. news conference, a source familiar with the announcement confirmed.
Noah is the second player in franchise history to win the award, joining Michael Jordan for the 1987-88 season.
Noah’s unique ability to cover ground is critical to the Bulls’ defensive scheme, as is his prowess for switching on to smaller players in screen-and-roll situations. Noah averaged 11.3 rebounds and 1.51 blocks this season.
The Bulls finished first during the regular season in opponents’ points per game and second in opponents’ field-goal percentage.
CSNChicago.com first reported the news.
The award will cap an emotional week for Noah, who lost his youth basketball mentor and second father figure in Tyrone Green unexpectedly last Thursday. Noah will attend Green’s funeral between Games 2 and 3 of the Bulls’ first-round playoff series against the Wizards.