Mark Jackson: 'Andrew Bogut should be Defensive Player of the Year'

Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut in action during the game against Denver Nuggets on April 28, 2013
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Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson believes that Andrew Bogut should be considered for Defensive Player of the Year.

Mark Jackson has said that Andrew Bogut should be considered for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award this season.

The Golden State Warriors have the fourth-best defensive record in the league, which is a vast improvement from last year's 13th.

The head coach told The AP: "He's been spectacular, protecting the paint, setting screens, rebounding the basketball, being a leader, being durable.

"If he's not here, you're asking basically a power forward to be a [center], and to do it for a lengthy period of time is a recipe for disaster. But he's been awesome, and certainly should be in the discussion for defensive player of the year."

Bogut has averaged 8.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game this season.

David Lee of the Golden State Warriors walks up court after a play in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on December 29, 2013
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