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!