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Edy Tavares named D-League Defensive Player of the Year

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The Cavs’ most recent acquisition has been recognized for his strong season with Raptors 905.

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Recently signed Cavaliers center Edy Tavares has been named the D-League’s Defensive Player of the Year for his play with Raptors 905.

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:

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.