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Joakim Noah had 47 double-doubles and four triple-doubles this season. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) Joakim Noah had 47 double-doubles and four triple-doubles this season. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the league announced on Monday.

Noah is the first Bulls player to win the award since Michael Jordan in 1988. Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol won the award last year.

Noah collected 555 of a possible 1,125 points, including 100 first-place votes. Indiana’s Roy Hibbert finished second in the voting and the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan came in third.

The Bulls ranked first in the NBA defensively, allowing just 91.8 points a game. Chicago was second in field-goal percentage allowed by an opponent and also only gave up 97.8 points per 100 possessions.

Noah was first in the league in Defensive Rating, which measures points allowed when a player is on the court.

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Noah averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals this season for the Bulls, who are down 1-0 in their first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards. RELATED: Classic Joakim Noah Photos

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