Celtics forward Kevin Garnett today became the first Boston player to be voted as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Garnett earned 493 points (90 first place votes, 12 seconds, seven thirds). Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby finished second with 178 points.
Garnett helped the Celtics hold opponents to 90.3 points per game. He averaged 7.3 defensive rebounds per game, 1.2 blocks per game, and 1.4 steals per game. Garnett had a season-high seven blocks at Chicago Dec. 12.
Kia Motors will donate a seven-passenger SUV in Garnett’s name to the Boston Center for Youths and Families, which supports KG’s Big Ticket Challenge Program.