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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?
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

2
2,160 1,326
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

3
1,733 1,428
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

4
2,458 1,884
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder

5
1,249 1,332
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

6
1,535 1,682
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 Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

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1,034 1,314
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

8
1,086 1,201
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder

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436 583
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
DanielCherney added Al Horford Atlanta Hawks

10
451 596
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

11
654 812
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

12
444 610
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Jimmy Butler Minnesota Timberwolves

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425 664
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Andre Roberson Oklahoma City Thunder

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355 534
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Marcus Smart Boston Celtics

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301 282
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
grumpnoceros added LeBron James Miami Heat

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs

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245 350
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
arnas added Clint Capela Houston Rockets

18
282 487
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors

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230 420
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

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206 320
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
AsianBaller231015 added Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers

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299 509
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

Basketball Teams with the Most Annoying Fans

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159 325
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Chris Paul Houston Rockets

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180 368
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors

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129 267
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors

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135 285
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Jae Crowder Cleveland Cavaliers

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120 266
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

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282 467
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
arnas added Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics

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120 291
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
John Wall Oklahoma City Thunder

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110 288
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Patrick Beverley Los Angeles Clippers

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96 178
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
1520829327881 added Dwight Howard Orlando Magic

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6 39
Darko Miličić is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Rafael Lucas added Darko Miličić Minnesota Timberwolves

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40 258
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Mike Conley, Jr. Memphis Grizzlies

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47 254
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Riodka added Luc Mbah a Moute Milwaukee Bucks