Tavares, who was signed by the Cavs on April 12, was the anchor of the D-League best defense. 905 gave up 98 points per game - the best mark in the league - and opponents shot just 42.8 percent against them. Tavares lead the D-League with 2.7 blocks per game and blocked 12 shots in a game on March 25. He also averaged 10.6 points on 59.1 percent shooting and 7.7 rebounds. He was also a D-League All-Star.
The award is voted on by the league’s 22 head coaches.
Tavares also tweeted about his award:
I'm so proud to received this award but nothing of this were happened without the coach and the coach staff. pic.twitter.com/YkmKVFBcZ1— EDY tavares (@waltertavares22) April 19, 2017
Tavares’ play with 905 at age 25 is why he’s an interesting signing for Cleveland. He may not play during this year’s playoffs, but maybe next year he plays 10-12 minutes a game protecting the rim and limiting Tristan Thompson’s regular season minutes. The Cavs haven’t had a traditional rim protector since Timofey Mozgov signed with the Lakers over the summer (and, really, since Mozgov peaked in 2014-15) and they might need one. The Cavs’ defense this year wasn’t good and Tavares’ presence certainly can’t hurt.