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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

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2,264 1,368
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

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2,500 1,953
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder

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1,780 1,492
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

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1,585 1,740
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 Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

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1,290 1,383
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

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1,112 1,260
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder

8
1,103 1,364
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

9
325 309
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
grumpnoceros added LeBron James Miami Heat

10
660 835
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

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450 606
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
DanielCherney added Al Horford Atlanta Hawks

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458 618
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

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458 630
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Jimmy Butler Minnesota Timberwolves

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372 553
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

The Best Current NBA Centers

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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?
Andre Roberson Oklahoma City Thunder

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256 368
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 Houston Rockets

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476 773
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs

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299 504
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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212 336
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
AsianBaller231015 added Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers

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311 524
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

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232 440
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

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293 478
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
arnas added Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics

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164 336
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Chris Paul Houston Rockets

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189 379
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors

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144 299
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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131 280
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors

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124 278
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

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100 192
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
1520829327881 added Dwight Howard Orlando Magic

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122 304
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
John Wall Oklahoma City Thunder

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112 301
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Patrick Beverley Los Angeles Clippers

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3 3
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Will Be The 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
haiuc added Victor Oladipo Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball

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42 271
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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48 270
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