Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler represented in Defensive Player of the Year voting

Jonathan Daniel

Jo, Lu and Jimmy all got votes in Defensive Player of the Year voting, while Jimmy and Jo also got some votes for Most Improved Player.

Joakim Noah had as good a chance as anybody to win the Defensive Player of the Year award before that dastardly plantar fasciitis reared its ugly head over the final couple of months of the season. I probably would've voted for him if he stayed healthy and I had a vote, but alas, he was unable to stay on the floor. So instead, Noah finished fourth in the voting behind Marc Gasol (a DESERVED winner), LeBron James and Serge Ibaka.

Noah wasn't the only Bull to get some love in the voting, with Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler also receiving some votes. Deng got a single first-place vote (was that you, Sam Smith?) and also a third-place vote. Butler got a single second-place vote, which is pretty cool for a second-year guy who didn't play that much until the latter half of the year.

Butler also got some votes in the Most Improved Player of the Year award, finishing in 14th with two second-place votes and one third-place vote. Noah snagged a vote here as well, receiving one second-place vote. Paul George took home the award, with former Bull Omer Asik coming in sixth.

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