Cape Verdean native Edy Tavares, recently signed by LeBron’s Cavs, was named the 2016-17 NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday, April 18th.
“Tavares (7-3, 265) appeared in 48 games for Raptors 905 this season, anchoring a defense that held opponents to a league-low 98.0 points per game and 42.8 percent shooting. Raptors 905 allowed 94.5 points per 100 possessions when Tavares was on the court,” according to NBA.com.
“Tavares tied for the NBA D-League lead with 2.7 blocks per game. On March 25, he recorded an NBA D-League season-high 12 blocks as part of a triple-double that included 15 points and 11 rebounds. He also averaged 10.6 points on 59.1 percent shooting (eighth in the league) and 7.7 rebounds.”
“I’m so proud to received this award but nothing of this were happened without the coach and the coach staff,” Tavares said on Twitter.