The NBA released results for the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year award today and Pelican’s forward Anthony Davis finished tied 8th overall in the voting.
Chicago Bulls’ center Joakim Noah ran away with the award finishing with 100 of the 125 first place votes, but Davis did come up with one of those 25 non-Noah first place votes, courtesy of Tony Fiorentino of Sun Sports.
Outside of the first place vote Davis gathered four second places and eight third place votes to account for his final total of 25 points (5 for a first, 3 for a second, 1 for a third).
The recognition was well deserved for Davis who led the NBA in blocks per game with 2.8 and block percentage at 6.7. Davis still has room to grow as a team defender and the Pelicans poor performance as a team on that end of the floor probably kept him out of the top five. But for a second year big man finishing in the Top 10 is a difficult thing to do, especially with how much responsibility he was asked to carry. In fact Davis is the youngest player in the Top 10 as he finished behind Noah, Roy Hibbert, Deandre Jordan, Serge Ibaka, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James and Paul George and tied with Dwight Howard.
Full voting results can be found here.