NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds
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Giannis made history last year as he was named both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Often a reputation driven award, this year’s Defensive Player of the Year award winner will have to display his massive impact on the less glamorous end. He will have to perpetuate the effort and skill needed to shut down the opposing teams’ best every night. All while being flashy enough to steal the spotlight from a two-time MVP in the Greek Freak.
A pair of LA-based superstars have a chance to dethrone Giannis as DPOTY. In the Purple and Gold, Anthony Davis looks primed for another superb season on the defensive side of the ball. The former Kentucky big man was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First-Team last year. With Lebron covering the boards, AD is free to roam the floor and block shots all over the paint. This could finally be the year that The Brow is recognized as the league’s best defensive player.
There’s another great defender in Los Angeles besides AD. Kawhi Leonard has a chance to bounce back this year with a new coach leading the way for the Clippers. The Claw finished sixth in the regular season in steals and second in steals per game in the postseason! He also led the Clips in rebounds, points, steals, and blocks in the playoffs. It will be hard to ignore Kawhi if he is able to repeat a performance like that again this season.
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Giannis Antentokoumpo comes off the best season of his career. The MVP will look to add to his accolades in 2021, and with a down campaign from any other player on this list, he could easily be named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year once again. Blessed with the ability to seamlessly guard five positions from the 3-point line to the paint, the “Greek Freak” uses his 8-foot wingspan to swat away passes and shots alike with ease.
Entering 2021 with the potential to once again display his dominance on both ends of the floor, this season could be the year Giannis becomes the NBA’s undisputed best. Also, with the additions of Jrue Holiday and Bogdan Bogdanovic, Giannis will have an easier time navigating the floor defensively.
Ben Simmons should also be considered a legit candidate to win Defensive Player of the Year. The 24-year-old Point Guard led the NBA in steals per game during the regular season (2.1 SPG). He also grabbed almost six defensive rebounds per game last year. This earned him a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive First-Team. If Simmons can stay healthy for the whole season, then he could truly flourish under the direction of new head coach Doc Rivers. Rivers is famous for leading the Boston Celtics to an NBA title in 2008. During that season, his big man, Kevin Garnett, won MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. It is certainly possible that could be replicated this coming season in Philly.