Rudy Gobert Once Again Has the Best NBA DPOY Odds
ven though more and more teams are stepping farther and farther from the hoop, when it comes to the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, one man has stood above the rest; Rudy Gobert. Over the last several seasons, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year odds constantly favoried Gobert and the start of this season was no different. Now a little more into the start of the seaso, Here’s an updated look at the NBA DPOY odds for each player based on their performances from the past week (11/25 – 12/1).
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NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds No. 3 Spot: Giannis Antetokounmpo (+450—No Change)
The Greek Freak had a career–best season in 2018-19 and he’s picking up where he left off. Thanks to the reigning MVP of the league the Bucks went a perfect 4-0 last week. How much did Giannis have to do with this? Well, he posted averages of 34.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and four assists per contest on 54.5 percent shooting from the field. It is worth noting that he dropped a 50-point, 14-rebound, six-assists masterpiece against Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz on Nov. 25.
From a defensive standpoint, he averaged 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per contest during that stretch as well. Antetokounmpo continues to evolve as a solid all-around talent. And while he may be in the running in the MVP race once again, it is doubtful that he makes a big enough impact at the other end of the floor to leapfrog past the other candidates on this list.
NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds No. 2 Spot: Anthony Davis (+175). Last Week’s Odds (+250)
Thanks in part to Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers posted three wins in their four outings over the previous week. During that stretch, Davis put together averages of 28.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per outing. While the double-double is all but a foregone conclusion for the Lakers big man, he also recorded 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals as well.
Prior to the beginning of the season, Davis stated that he wanted to be the best defensive player in the NBA. For the second straight consecutive week, his odds have slightly improved, and if he continues to play well at that end of the court, he could be well on his way to winning the award.
NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds on Favorie: Rudy Gobert (+140). Last Week’s Odds (+150)
Rudy Gobert isn’t a big man that should be labeled as a prolific scorer by any stretch of the imagination. After combining for 36 points during a three-game stretch two weeks ago, the Utah Jazz center did up his scoring total somewhat last week, totaling 39 points. He also averaged a respectable 12.3 rebounds per contest, but his block total wasn’t anything to write home about, as he recorded just four blocks during that span. Perhaps this is the reason why the Jazz went just 1-2 last week.
The one factor that Gobert has in his favor is that centers have won the award in 23 of the previous 28 seasons, which is why he was expected to win it again this season. However, if Gobert continues to regress, it is conceivable that he may he be overtaken by AD, if not fall out the running altogether. It will be interesting to see if he can regain his form at that end of the court.