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Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?

Updated February 11, 2020 17.5k votes 2.0k voters 14.4k views45 items
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The field is wide open for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2020. Today’s NBA landscape features faster offenses that can lead to defense getting lost in the shuffle, but the candidates for this award clearly don’t subscribe to that thinking as their defense has been great in recent years.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert won the second consecutive of his two DPOY awards in 2019, while other top players currently in the league who previously have won the award include Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Marc Gasol. Meanwhile, talented All-Stars like Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid are hoping to win this award for the first time. 

So check out the list of NBA Defensive Player of the Year candidates for the 2019-2020 season, and make your predictions for the players you think have the best odds to win the award. Then head over and vote on the top 2020 NBA MVP candidates and the potential Rookie of the Year winners.

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  • 1
    996
    878

    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

    Last season's stats: 25.9 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.4 bpg, 1.6 spg

  • 2
    683
    729

    Last season's stats: 27.7 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.5 bpg, 1.3 spg

  • 3
    772
    842

    Ben Simmons

    Point guard, Forward

    Last season's stats: 16.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 7.7 apg, 1.4 spg, 0.8 bpg

  • 4
    635
    751

    Last season's stats: 15.9 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.3 bpg, 0.8 spg

  • 5
    377
    515

    Marcus Smart

    Shooting Guard

    Last season's stats: 8.9 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 spg

  • 6
    393
    562

    Kawhi Leonard

    Small forward

    Last season's stats: 26.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 spg

  • 7
    360
    518

    LeBron James

    Power forward

    Last season's stats: 27.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 8.3 apg, 1.3 spg

  • 8
    288
    423

    Jimmy Butler

    Small forward

    Last season's stats: 18.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.8 spg

  • 9
    220
    330

    Last season's stats: 12.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.9 bpg

  • 10
    149
    231

    Last season's stats: 8.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.8 bpg

  • 11
    153
    248

    Last season's stats: 16.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 0.9 spg

  • 12
    285
    458

    Last season's stats: 27.5 ppg, 13.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.9 bpg. 0.8 spg

  • 13
    96
    172

    Robert Covington

    Small forward

    Last season's stats: 13.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.3 bpg

  • 14
    180
    315

    Paul George

    Small forward

    Last season's stats: 28.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.2 spg

  • 15
    129
    230

    Last season's stats: 17.3 ppg, 15.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.7 bpg, 1.7 spg

  • 16
    113
    203

    Patrick Beverley

    Point guard

    Last season's stats: 7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.6 bpg

  • 17
    81
    155

    Jaylen Brown

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Last season's stats: 13.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.9 spg

  • 18
    59
    120

    Last season's stats: 12.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.2 bpg, 0.6 spg

  • 19
    84
    166

    Draymond Green

    Power forward

    Last season's stats: 7.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 6.9 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.1 bpg

  • 20
    52
    112

    Last season's stats: 13.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg

  • 21
    46
    102

    Avery Bradley

    Shooting guard

    Last season's stats: 9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 0.7 spg

  • 22
    68
    144

    Last season's stats: 13.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 bpg, 0.9 spg

  • 23
    56
    122

    Josh Richardson

    Shooting Guard

    Last season's stats: 16.6 ppg, 4.1 apg, 3.6 rpg, 1.1 spg

  • 24
    43
    99

    Last season's stats: 10.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 bpg

  • 25
    49
    112

    Danny Green

    Shooting guard

    Last season's stats: 10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.7 bpg