2017 Sports 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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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Utah Jazz

Named 2018 Defensive Player of the Year

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
New Orleans Pelicans
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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?
Oklahoma City Thunder
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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Philadelphia 76ers
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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Foo Jing Poong added Golden State Warriors
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Milwaukee Bucks
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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?
Golden State Warriors
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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Oklahoma City Thunder
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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
grumpnoceros added Los Angeles Lakers
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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Detroit Pistons
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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
DanielCherney added Boston Celtics
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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Miami Heat
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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Minnesota Timberwolves
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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?
Boston Celtics
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Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Oklahoma City Thunder
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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 Houston Rockets
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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?
Toronto Raptors
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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Golden State Warriors
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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
AsianBaller231015 added Philadelphia 76ers
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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Oklahoma City Thunder
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DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Brooklyn Nets
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Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
arnas added Boston Celtics
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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Houston Rockets
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Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Golden State Warriors
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Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Cleveland Cavaliers