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Woody: Tyson deserves Defensive POY consideration

Since taking over as head coach in mid March, Mike Woodson has raved about Tyson Chandler's impact on the Knicks' defense.

Woodson believes that Chandler should "absolutely" be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year.

And Chandler agrees, saying on Friday that he deserves to be considered.

Andre Igoudala, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard, among others, will get consideration as well.

But Woodson made a strong case for Chandler after Friday's shootaround.

"He's done everything to put us in the position where we are today," the Knicks interim head coach said. "You don't find very many centers that (are) committed like he is, don't have any hidden agendas. You know, it's not about Tyson Chandler, it's always about the team and, you know, that speaks volumes.

"There's a reason why he's a part of the team in Dallas that won a title (last season)," Woodson added. "He's a true pro man and yes he should be considered for it absolutely."

Chandler (11 ppg, 10 rig) has been the linchpin of a Knicks' defense ranked 5th in defensive efficiency, a measure of points allowed per 100 possessions. Last year, New York ranked 21st.

The 7-1 center is never one to promote himself, but he admitted that he deserves the award.

"It would mean an awful lot to me," he said. "That was one of my goals coming into the season. I felt like I put myself right in the thick of things, considerations. I personally feel like I deserve it. It would be a great honor to win it."

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