Defensive Player of the Year

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The Bulls close out their preseason schedule tonight in St. Louis against the Minnesota Timberwolves on CSN.

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Though the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award has been around since 1983 (32 seasons), the award has been won by just 19 players.

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Joakim Noah won Defensive Player of the Year honors in a landslide last year, receiving 100 of a possible 125 first-place votes over Roy Hibbert and DeAndre Jordan.

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Surrounded by small children at the Major Adams Community Center, walking distance from the United Center, aside from his seven-foot height, Bulls’ All-Star center Joakim Noah fit right in.