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Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY? 

Aaron Hager
Updated July 19, 2019 31.7k votes 6.6k voters 42.8k views 45 items
Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

UPDATED: Vote for your 2020 NBA DPOY here!

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was named 2018-19 Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, amassing 187 blocks and 66 steals while starting all but two games for a Jazz team that was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.

Gobert, as the previous year's winner, was among the favorites for the 2018-19 DPOY award, along with past winners like Draymond Green and Kawhi Leonard. Also in the coversation when the season began were Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis, Myles Turner, and Jarrett Allen.

The three finalists for the 2018-19 Defensive Player of the Year were the winner Gobert, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was named 2018-19 NBA MVP, and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George.

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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
Shooting guard and Small forward from Palmdale, California

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 29

Number: 24

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST

Paul Cliftonantho George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star ...more

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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
Center from Saint-Quentin, France

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 27

Number: 27

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNER

Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel (born June 26, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the French national ...more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
Small forward and Point forward from Athens, Greece

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 25

Number: 34

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST

Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek ...more

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #1 Shooting guard and Small forward from Riverside, California

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 28

Number: 2

Kawhi Anthony Leonard (, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played two seasons of ...more

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Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #5 Myles Turner

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Number: 33

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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #6 Center from Yaoundé, Cameroon

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Number: 21

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Jarrett Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #7

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Number: 31

Jarrett Allen (born April 21, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets for the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Texas ...more
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Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #14 cc16983 added Donovan Mitchell

Teams: Utah Jazz

Number: 45

Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr. (born September 7, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #9 Power forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 23

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #8 Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 26

Number: 3

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Mitchell Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #24 Luca Reale added
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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #10 Center from Rotorua, New Zealand

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 26

Number: 12

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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #12 Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 11

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Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #11 CunningVet added

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Number: 13

Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the New ...more

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Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #19

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 31

Number: 21

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Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #23 Small forward from Villa Rica, Georgia

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

Age: 29

Number: 99

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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #31 Andres Santiago Chavez added Center from Flint, Michigan

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 31

Number: 7

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Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #18 Shooting guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Age: 27

Number: 4

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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #20 Clint Capela

Teams: Houston Rockets

Number: 15

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #15 Power forward and Center from Mount Vernon, New York

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 26

Number: 1

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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #13 Small forward from Houston, Texas

Teams: Miami Heat

Age: 30

Number: 21

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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #22 Center from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Age: 33

Number: 42

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Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #16

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 25

Number: 36

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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #21 Power forward and Center from Brazzaville, Congo

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Age: 30

Number: 9

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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA DPOY?
voting closed at #25

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Number: 12

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