NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
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NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
SportBasketball
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Given 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]

Winners

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 has won the award three consecutive times in his career.
^ 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* Guard  United States Milwaukee Bucks
1983-84 Sidney Moncrief* (2) Guard  United States Milwaukee Bucks
1984-85 Mark Eaton Center  United States Utah Jazz
1985-86 Alvin Robertson Guard  United States San Antonio Spurs
1986-87 Michael Cooper[a] Guard/Forward  United States Los Angeles Lakers
1987-88 Michael Jordan*[b] Guard  United States Chicago Bulls
1988-89 Mark Eaton (2) Center  United States Utah Jazz
1989-90 Dennis Rodman*[a] Forward  United States Detroit Pistons
1990-91 Dennis Rodman* (2) Forward  United States Detroit Pistons
1991-92 David Robinson* Center  United States San Antonio Spurs
1992-93 Hakeem Olajuwon* Center  Nigeria[c] Houston Rockets
1993-94 Hakeem Olajuwon* (2)[a][b] Center  Nigeria[c] Houston Rockets
1994-95 Dikembe Mutombo* Center  Zaire[d] Denver Nuggets
1995-96 Gary Payton* 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
1998-99 Alonzo Mourning* Center  United States Miami Heat
1999-00 Alonzo Mourning* (2) Center  United States Miami Heat
2000-01 Dikembe Mutombo* (4) Center  Democratic Republic of the Congo[d] Philadelphia 76ers
2001-02 Ben Wallace Center  United States Detroit Pistons
2002-03 Ben Wallace (2) Center  United States Detroit Pistons
2003-04 Ron Artest[e] Forward  United States Indiana Pacers
2004-05 Ben Wallace (3) Center  United States Detroit Pistons
2005-06 Ben Wallace (4) Center  United States Detroit Pistons
2006-07 Marcus Camby Center  United States Denver Nuggets
2007-08 Kevin Garnett*[a] Forward/Center  United States Boston Celtics
2008-09 Dwight Howard^ Center  United States Orlando Magic
2009-10 Dwight Howard^ (2) Center  United States Orlando Magic
2010-11 Dwight Howard^ (3) Center  United States Orlando Magic
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
2014-15 Kawhi Leonard^ Forward  United States San Antonio Spurs
2015-16 Kawhi Leonard^ (2) Forward  United States San Antonio Spurs
2016-17 Draymond Green^[a] Forward  United States Golden State Warriors
2017-18 Rudy Gobert^ Center  France Utah Jazz
2018-19 Rudy Gobert^ (2) Center  France Utah Jazz
2019-20 Giannis Antetokounmpo^[b] Forward  Greece Milwaukee Bucks

Multi-time winners

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

See also

Notes

  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

General
  • "Defensive Player of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved 2008.
  • "Defensive Player of the Year Award Winners". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 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 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 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 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 Antetokoumpo is named NBA defensive player of the year and wants to share the credit". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Hakeem Olajuwon Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved 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 2008.
  14. ^ "Democratic Republic of the Congo". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 2009.
  15. ^ "Artest's Name Change to Metta World Peace Approved". The New York Times. September 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "Joakim Noah". HoopsHype.com. Archived from the original on March 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014.


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