2017 Sports Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?  

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List Rules Vote up the NBA players who most deserve to be anointed Defensive Player of the Year for the 2016-2017 season.

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Defense has always been emphasized as the key factor in winning basketball games. In the NBA, statistical evidence reveals a strong correlation between defense and winning championships, so instead of giving awards for scoring, the league rewards one player every year with the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. This list of NBA players who should win the Defensive Player of the Year in 2016-2017 features many worthy candidates who are currently leading the league in steals, blocks, and other defensive stats

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award the past two seasons. Nicknamed "The Claw," Kawhi Leonard is known for being a relentless defender who can strip the ball from any player at any time. His biggest competition this season is Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors. Averaging over two steals a game, Draymond Green is one of the few players who can defend all five positions. 

Leading the NBA in blocks, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has quickly become one of the league's best defenders. If he continues to have the best defensive rating in the league, Rudy Gobert might become NBA's 2016-2017 Defensive Player of the Year. Other contenders include 3-time DPOY winner Dwight Howard, New Orleans Pelicans Anthony "The Brow" Davis, and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond. 

Vote for the NBA player you think should win the 2016-2017 Defensive Player of the Year Award. If you don't see a certain DPOY candidate, add him to the list!      

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Kawhi Leonard Toronto Raptors

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Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Jimmy Butler Minnesota Timberwolves

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DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
DeAndre Jordan Dallas Mavericks

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
John Wall Washington Wizards

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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?

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Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers

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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
DeMarcus Cousins Golden State Warriors

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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Serge Ibaka Orlando Magic

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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

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Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Tony Allen Memphis Grizzlies

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

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Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Pau Gasol Chicago Bulls

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Dwight Howard Atlanta Hawks

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Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks

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Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

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Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Trevor Ariza Houston Rockets

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Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Joakim Noah New York Knicks

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Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Robin Lopez Chicago Bulls

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Thabo Sefolosha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Thabo Sefolosha Atlanta Hawks

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Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Brook Lopez New Jersey Nets

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Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Should Be The NBA's Defensive Player Of The Year For 2017?
Greg Monroe Milwaukee Bucks