Nuggets’ Camby named NBA’s best defender
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby was named
the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year on Friday.
It is the first such honor for Camby, who led the NBA with 3.3 blocks per game
and averaged 11.7 rebounds per game to finish in a tie for fourth place in the
league. He also averaged 1.2 steals, a career-high 3.2 assists and 11.2 points
as Denver finished with a 45-37 record and earned the sixth seed in the
Western Conference playoffs.
Camby received 70 first-place votes and 431 points from a panel of 130
sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen finished second in the voting with 206 points, while
teammate Tim Duncan was third with 158 points.
The 6-foot-11 Camby pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked two shots in Denver’s
series-opening win over San Antonio in the first round of the NBA playoffs,
then had 18 rebounds, 10 points and three blocks in a 97-88 loss in Game 2.
Camby became just the second Denver player to win the award, joining Dikembe
Mutombo, who captured the first of his four Defensive Player honors during the
1994-95 season with the Nuggets.