Feb 28, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) defends against Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis (11) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin McHale: Joakim Noah is NBA's defensive player of the year

Joakim Noah in in the midst of a care year for the Chicago Bulls as he has replaced Derrick Rose as the face of the franchise this season with his unique skill-set that has translated in a few triple-doubles and many more wins than anticipated following the injury to Rose and trading of Luol Deng.

He has a lot of fans in Chicago, but he also has one in Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale who believes Noah should win the defensive player of the year award.

“He’s played very well,” McHale said. “He should be defensive player of the year. He’s done a great job with these guys. They’ve been winning a lot just on his energy and effort, his kind of determination and toughness. Those are all qualities everybody appreciates.”

He is certainly appreciated in Chicago where his energy and passion are infectious and the praise from McHale shouldn’t be coach speak, because he was one of the best defenders during his Hall of Fame playing career and has coached former winners Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard.

Noah is averaging 12.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 blocks.

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