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NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

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NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
SportBasketball
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Awarded forBest defensive player in regular season of the National Basketball Association
History
First award1982–83
Most winsDikembe Mutombo
Ben Wallace (tied, 4)
Most recentGiannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks

The NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1982–83 NBA season to the best defensive player of the regular season. The winner is selected by a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points, second-place votes are worth three points, and a third-place vote is worth one. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.[1][2]

Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace have each won the award a record four times.[3] Dwight Howard is the only player to have won the award in three consecutive seasons.[4] Sidney Moncrief, Mark Eaton, Dennis Rodman, Hakeem Olajuwon, Alonzo Mourning, Kawhi Leonard, and Rudy Gobert have each won it twice. The most recent award recipient is Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Although five of the first six winners were perimeter players, the award has traditionally been given to big men who rebound and block shots.[5][6] Only seven perimeter players have been honored: Moncrief, Alvin Robertson, Michael Cooper, Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, Ron Artest (known now as Metta Sandiford-Artest), and Kawhi Leonard.[7] Payton is the only point guard to have won.[8] Jordan, Olajuwon, David Robinson, Kevin Garnett and Antetokounmpo are the only winners to have also won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) during their careers;[9] Jordan, Olajuwon and Antetokounmpo won both awards in the same season.[7] In Olajuwon's case, he is the only one to have also won the NBA Finals MVP Award and the NBA championship in the same season.[10] On four occasions, the Defensive Player of the Year recipient was not voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in the same year. Robertson in 1986, Mutombo (1995), Tyson Chandler (2012), and Marc Gasol (2013) were instead named to the second team. Whereas the Defensive Player of the Year is voted on by the media, the All-Defensive teams were voted on by NBA coaches prior to 2014.[11][12] Michael Cooper and Marcus Camby are the only two winners to never have been an All-Star.

Winners[edit]

head shot of Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is one of five players to have won both an MVP and a Defensive Player of the Year award in their career.
head shot of David Robinson
David Robinson won the award in the 1991–92 NBA season.
Gary Payton is the only point guard to win the award.
Dwight Howard at a game
Dwight Howard won the award in three consecutive years (2009–2011).
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the award
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1982–83 Sidney Moncrief* Shooting guard  United States Milwaukee Bucks
1983–84 Sidney Moncrief* (2) Shooting guard  United States Milwaukee Bucks (2)
1984–85 Mark Eaton Center  United States Utah Jazz
1985–86 Alvin Robertson Shooting guard  United States San Antonio Spurs
1986–87 Michael Cooper[a] Shooting guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers
1987–88 Michael Jordan*[b] Shooting guard  United States Chicago Bulls
1988–89 Mark Eaton (2) Center  United States Utah Jazz (2)
1989–90 Dennis Rodman*[a] Small forward  United States Detroit Pistons
1990–91 Dennis Rodman* (2) Small forward  United States Detroit Pistons (2)
1991–92 David Robinson* Center  United States San Antonio Spurs (2)
1992–93 Hakeem Olajuwon* Center  Nigeria[c] Houston Rockets
1993–94 Hakeem Olajuwon* (2)[a][b] Center  Nigeria[c] Houston Rockets (2)
1994–95 Dikembe Mutombo* Center  Zaire[d] Denver Nuggets
1995–96 Gary Payton* Point guard  United States Seattle SuperSonics
1996–97 Dikembe Mutombo* (2) Center  Zaire[d] Atlanta Hawks
1997–98 Dikembe Mutombo* (3) Center  Democratic Republic of the Congo[d] Atlanta Hawks (2)
1998–99 Alonzo Mourning* Center  United States Miami Heat
1999–00 Alonzo Mourning* (2) Center  United States Miami Heat (2)
2000–01 Dikembe Mutombo* (4) Center  Democratic Republic of the Congo[d] Philadelphia 76ers
2001–02 Ben Wallace Center  United States Detroit Pistons (3)
2002–03 Ben Wallace (2) Center  United States Detroit Pistons (4)
2003–04 Ron Artest[e] Small forward  United States Indiana Pacers
2004–05 Ben Wallace (3) Center  United States Detroit Pistons (5)
2005–06 Ben Wallace (4) Center  United States Detroit Pistons (6)
2006–07 Marcus Camby Center  United States Denver Nuggets (2)
2007–08 Kevin Garnett*[a] Power forward  United States Boston Celtics
2008–09 Dwight Howard^ Center  United States Orlando Magic
2009–10 Dwight Howard^ (2) Center  United States Orlando Magic (2)
2010–11 Dwight Howard^ (3) Center  United States Orlando Magic (3)
2011–12 Tyson Chandler Center  United States New York Knicks
2012–13 Marc Gasol^ Center  Spain Memphis Grizzlies
2013–14 Joakim Noah Center  France[f] Chicago Bulls (2)
2014–15 Kawhi Leonard^ Small forward  United States San Antonio Spurs (3)
2015–16 Kawhi Leonard^ (2) Small forward  United States San Antonio Spurs (4)
2016–17 Draymond Green^[a] Power forward  United States Golden State Warriors
2017–18 Rudy Gobert^ Center  France Utah Jazz (3)
2018–19 Rudy Gobert^ (2) Center  France Utah Jazz (4)
2019–20 Giannis Antetokounmpo^[b] Power forward  Greece Milwaukee Bucks (3)

Multi-time winners[edit]

Rank Player Team No. Years
1 Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks (2), Philadelphia 76ers 4 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001
Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
3 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 3 2009, 2010, 2011
4 Sidney Moncrief Milwaukee Bucks 2 1983, 1984
Mark Eaton Utah Jazz 1985, 1989
Dennis Rodman Detroit Pistons 1990, 1991
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets 1993, 1994
Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat 1999, 2000
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs 2015, 2016
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz 2018, 2019

Teams[edit]

Awards Teams Years
6 Detroit Pistons 1990, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
4 San Antonio Spurs 1986, 1992, 2015, 2016
Utah Jazz 1985, 1989, 2018, 2019
3 Orlando Magic 2009, 2010, 2011
Milwaukee Bucks 1983, 1984, 2020
2 Atlanta Hawks 1997, 1998
Chicago Bulls 1988, 2014
Denver Nuggets 1995, 2007
Houston Rockets 1993, 1994
Miami Heat 1999, 2000
1 Boston Celtics 2008
Golden State Warriors 2017
Indiana Pacers 2004
Los Angeles Lakers 1987
Memphis Grizzlies 2013
New York Knicks 2012
Philadelphia 76ers 2001
Seattle SuperSonics 1996
0 Utah Jazz None
Brooklyn Nets
Toronto Raptors
Los Angeles Clippers
Dallas Mavericks
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trailblazers
New Orleans Pelicans
Minnesota Timberwolves
Cleveland Cavaliers
Sacramento Kings
Charlotte Hornets

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Won NBA championship in same season
  2. ^ a b c Won NBA Most Valuable Player Award in same season
  3. ^ a b Hakeem Olajuwon was born in Nigeria, but became a naturalized United States citizen in 1993.[13]
  4. ^ a b c d Zaire was renamed the Democratic Republic of the Congo in May 1997.[14]
  5. ^ Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011 and again to Metta Sandiford-Artest in 2020.[15]
  6. ^ Noah was born in the United States to a French father and a Swedish mother, and has played on the France national basketball team.[16]

References[edit]

General
  • "Defensive Player of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2008.
  • "Defensive Player of the Year Award Winners". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
Specific
  1. ^ "Nuggets' Camby Wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 1, 2007. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  2. ^ "Kevin Garnett Wins Defensive Player of the Year Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 25, 2008. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
  3. ^ "Ben Wallace Wins Fourth Defensive Player of the Year Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 8, 2006. Archived from the original on November 28, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  4. ^ McMenamin, Dave (February 5, 2013). "Dwight Howard trying to avoid 'circus'". ESPN. Archived from the original on February 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Stein, Marc (January 8, 2004). "Defending the little guy". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Moore, Matt (April 7, 2015). "Rethinking Defensive Player of the Year: The Defensive Duo Award". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Winderman, Ira (April 24, 2013). "LeBron second in vote for NBA Defensive Player of Year". South Floria Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on February 16, 2016.
  8. ^ Gress, Steve (September 4, 2013). "Looking back at The Glove". Corvallis Gazette-Times. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014.
  9. ^ Velazquez, Matt (August 25, 2020). "Giannis Antetokounmpo is named NBA defensive player of the year and wants to share the credit". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 1, 2021. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "Hakeem Olajuwon Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
  11. ^ Begley, Ian (May 23, 2012). "Tyson named to all-defensive second team". ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012.
  12. ^ McGraw, Mike (June 2, 2014). "Noah dominates all-defensive voting". Daily Herald. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Hakeem Olajuwon Bio: 1992–93". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2008.
  14. ^ "Democratic Republic of the Congo". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved November 8, 2009.
  15. ^ "Artest's Name Change to Metta World Peace Approved". The New York Times. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  16. ^ "Joakim Noah". HoopsHype.com. Archived from the original on March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014.