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NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Odds, winners, trophy, when is it awarded?

All you need to know about the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award, including the latest odds, past winners, when the award is announced, and more.

Who won 2023/24 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?

Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert won fourth Defensive Player of the Year Award as a result of being the anchor of the league's best defense.

Gobert joins Ben Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo as the only players in NBA history to win the award four times.

Minnesota was one of the season’s breakout teams, sitting among the top-three teams in the West all season, and Gobert was the anchor of the team which had the NBA's best defensive rating.

His reputation as an elite defender and his return to form made him the clear favorite for this award for much of the season.

The seven-footer averaged 2.1 blocks per game and allowed a 43.4 percent field-goal percentage on defense, which is the third-best among centers who have played more than 50 games this season. His 104.5 individual defensive rating was the NBA's best this season.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Winners

Year

Winner

Team

2023-24

Rudy Gobert

Minnesota Timberwolves

2022-23

Jaren Jackson Jr.

Memphis Grizzlies

2021-22

Marcus Smart

Boston Celtics

2020-21

Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz

2019-20

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks

2018-19

Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz

2017-18

Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz

2016-17

Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors

2015-16

Kawhi Leonard

San Antonio Spurs

2014-15

Kawhi Leonard

San Antonio Spurs

2013-14

Joakim Noah

Chicago Bulls

2012-13

Marc Gasol

Memphis Grizzlies

2011-12

Tyson Chandler

New York Knicks

2010-11

Dwight Howard

Orlando Magic

2009-10

Dwight Howard

Orlando Magic

2008-09

Dwight Howard

Orlando Magic

2007-08

Kevin Garnett

Boston Celtics

2006-07

Marcus Camby

Denver Nuggets

2005-06

Ben Wallace

Detroit Pistons

2004-05

Ben Wallace

Detroit Pistons

2003-04

Ron Artest

Indiana Pacers

2002-03

Ben Wallace

Detroit Pistons

2001-02

Ben Wallace

Detroit Pistons

2000-01

Dikembe Mutombo

Philadelphia 76ers

1999-00

Alonzo Mourning

Miami Heat

1998-99

Alonzo Mourning

Miami Heat

1997-98

Dikembe Mutombo

Houston Rockets

1996-97

Dikembe Mutombo

Atlanta Hawks

1995-96

Gary Payton

Seattle SuperSonics

1994-95

Dikembe Mutombo

Denver Nuggets

1993-94

Hakeem Olajuwon

Houston Rockets

1992-93

Hakeem Olajuwon

Houston Rockets

1991-92

David Robinson

San Antonio Spurs

1990-91

Dennis Rodman

Detroit Pistons

1989-90

Dennis Rodman

Detroit Pistons

1988-89

Mark Eaton

Utah Jazz

1987-88

Michael Jordan

Chicago Bulls

1986-87

Michael Cooper

Los Angeles Lakers

1985-86

Alvin Robertson

San Antonio Spurs

1984-85

Mark Eaton

Utah Jazz

1983-84

Sidney Moncrief

Milwaukee Bucks

1982-83

Sidney Moncrief

Milwaukee Bucks

When is NBA Defensive Player of the Year announced?

The NBA Defensive Player of the Year award is typically announced during the NBA Playoffs. In 2024, the announcement that Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert won the award came on May 7

Who votes on the NBA Defensive Player of the Year?

The NBA Defensive Player of the Year award is voted on by a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Each member of the voting panel casts a vote for their first, second, and third place selections, with each vote worth five, three, and one point, respectively. The player with the highest point total, regardless of first-place votes, wins the award.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year trophy

The trophy for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award is named after Hakeem Olajuwon, one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history. The trophy is a crystal-sculpted basket that holds a gold player figurine in a classic defensive stance.

Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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