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

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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 his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award 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 chance to win the award. Then head over and vote on the top 2020 NBA MVP candidates and the potential Rookie of the Year winners.

1
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Shooting guard, Small forward

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

2
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Power forward, Center

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

3
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Small forward, Point forward

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

4
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Shooting guard, Small forward

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

5
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Center

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

6
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Center

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

7
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Center

Last season's stats: 13.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 2.7 bpg, 0.8 spg

8
Dejounte Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Point guard

Last season's stats: Did not play last season due to injury

9
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Point guard, Shooting guard

Last season's stats: 21.2 ppg, 7.7 apg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 spg

10
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Power forward

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

11
Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Forward

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

12
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?

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

13
Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Guard

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

14
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Forward

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

15
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Small forward, Power forward

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

16
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Center

Last season's stats: 16.6 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 bpg, 0.7 spg

17
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Small forward

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

18
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Guard

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

19
Bam Adebayo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Power forward / Center

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

20
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Point guard, Forward

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

21
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Shooting guard

Last season's stats: 18.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.7 apg

22
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Power forward, Center

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

23
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Small forward

Last season's stats: Did not play last season due to injury

24
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Center

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

25
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award?
Point guard, Shooting guard

Last season's stats: 21.1 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 spg