DPOY: Joakim Noah
6th Man: Taj GibsonAccording to our panel, Chicago's Joakim Noah has overtaken Hibbert as the best defender this season, and it's not even close.
The Bulls big man earned more than three times as many first-place votes as the Pacers' rim protector, who finished second in the voting.
Golden State's Andre Iguodala finished third.
Noah averaged 11.2 rebounds per game, 1.5 blocks per game and 1.2 steals per game this season for a team that boasts the second-best defensive efficiency mark in the NBA.
I don't know if either player will actually win either award, but at this point Noah HAS to get some kind of postseason award, whether it's DPOY or 1st Team All NBA or both.Our panel thinks Gibson should take home the honors, but sees Crawford actually winning the award for the second time in his career.
Gibson has been a key player in keeping Chicago's bench a strong point, shouldering more responsibilities for a playoff-bound team that traded Luol Deng midseason and dealt with the ongoing injury problems of Derrick Rose.
Meanwhile, Crawford continued to thrive in his sixth-man role with the Clippers, and also stepped in admirably as a starter when his teammates went down with injuries.