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Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year? 

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Basketball fans, we're ranking the best players who are most likely to win the 2017-2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. The players most likely to win the DPOY Award consists of rim protectors, wing defenders, and players with lockdown defense. Who do you think will be the 2018 NBA DPOY? 

Previous DPOY winners, like Kawhi Leonard and 2017 DPOY Draymond Green, are current favorites to win the 2018 Defensive Player of the Year Award. However, these NBA All-Defensive players should expect competition from Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. Other good DPOY sleepers include Tony Allen, Hassan Whiteside, Anthony Davis, and Jimmy Butler.  

Vote up your 2018 NBA DPOY predictions, and add any likely DPOY candidates missing from the list.

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 26

Number: 3

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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Center from Saint-Quentin, France

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 27

Number: 27

Named 2018 Defensive Player of the Year

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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Shooting guard and Small forward from Palmdale, California

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 29

Number: 24

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Small forward and Point forward from Athens, Greece

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 25

Number: 34

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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Center from Yaoundé, Cameroon

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Number: 21

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Foo Jing Poong added Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 35

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Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Power forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 23

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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Center from Gastonia, North Carolina

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 30

Number: 21

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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Center from Rotorua, New Zealand

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 26

Number: 12

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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
DanielCherney added Center from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Age: 33

Number: 42

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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Small forward from Houston, Texas

Teams: Miami Heat

Age: 30

Number: 21

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Power forward and Center from Mount Vernon, New York

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 26

Number: 1

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
grumpnoceros added Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

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Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
15
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Power forward from San Antonio, Texas

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 28

Number: 21

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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
arnas added Clint Capela

Teams: Houston Rockets

Number: 15

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Shooting guard and Small forward from Riverside, California

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 28

Number: 2

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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
AsianBaller231015 added

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Number: 12

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Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
haiuc added Shooting guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Age: 27

Number: 4

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Aron Baynes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
mechanic_robot added Power forward and Center from Gisborne, New Zealand

Age: 33

Number: 16

Boston Celtics

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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 11

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DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Center from Houston, Texas

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 6

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
mechanic_robot added Point guard from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 31

Number: 30

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
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Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
arnas added Jaylen Brown

Teams: Boston Celtics

Number: 7

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