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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Philadelphia 76ers

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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?
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?
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?
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?
Los Angeles Lakers

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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?
Xavier Indeglia added Boston Celtics

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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?
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?
Houston Rockets

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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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Xavier Indeglia added Boston Celtics

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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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Milwaukee Bucks