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Tavares named best defender of the league 2020-21

NEWS | 11/05/2021

"It's the first time this award has been given and I'm very proud to receive it", explained the Real Madrid centre.
Walter Tavares was named the best defender in the Endesa League 2020-21 in a vote held by a jury made up of eight ACB legends, including several of the best shot blockers and rebounders in the history of the competition. The madridista, who is the first person on the list of winners of this trophy introduced this season, was very happy for the recognition: "It's always an individual goal of mine when I step on the court to try to be as good as possible in defence and to help my team have more possessions. It's the first time this award has been given and I'm very proud to be the first to receive it". 
 
"You have to want to defend in order to be a good defender. You can't just say it, you have to do it and mean it for the good of the team. I try to focus on what i'm best at. Defending is my biggest quality and that's what I have to do well to help the team, because I know that they're very good in attack, one of the best in Europe. I didn't come to Real Madrid thinking that I was going to be the best attacker in the league. My job is to do my best in defence to help the team so they can be more confident in attack".

We're focused on doing our best and trying to win the league.

"I've developed very quickly. Everyone was very quick to embrace me when I arrived, the coaching staff, the players...Everyone made me feel at home very quickly. It was very important and I try to do my bit to improve and remain focused. The team has really helped me to adapt".
 
The league
"Real Madrid fight for every title, that's always the case, the individual comes later. The most important thing is the collective awards, which go down in history. So we're all focused on doing our best and looking to reach the final and win the title".
 
Top blocker
The center tops the league's blocking charts with an average of 2.3 blocks per game, one more than his nearest rival. He's also the second best rebounder with 8.1 rebounds on average and the best player in the plus/minus statistic with 12.1. His maximum number of blocks in a game this season was the 6 against Hereda San Pablo Burgos. Tavares came out on top over Alberto Díaz (Unicaja) and his teammate Rudy.

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