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Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has won his first NBA Defensive Player of the Year award after anchoring the league's stingiest defense.
The NBA announced Wednesday that Gasol received 212 points and 30 first-place votes to edge Miami's LeBron James, who had 149 points and 18 first-place votes.
The 7-foot-1 Spaniard averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals for a Memphis defense that allowed a league-best 88.7 points per game.
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka was third with 122 points and 14 first-place votes. The 28-year-old Gasol becomes the first Grizzlies player to earn defensive player honors.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was named the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, but teammate Mike Conley isnt quite sure the 7-foot-1 Spaniard understands how much of an honor it is.
Im proud of him. We all congratulated him and tried to get him to understand its a huge award Conley said.
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