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Who has been named Defensive Player of the Year? A complete history of winners

By winning the 2020-21 Defensive Player of the Year award, Rudy Gobert becomes the fourth player in NBA history to win the award at least thrice.

Introduced in the 1982-83 season, some of the greatest defenders in league history have earned the honour, with Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace each winning the award a record four times.

Take a look back at the history of Defensive Player of the Year winners…

Season Winner Team
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 Metta World Peace (1) Indiana Pacers
2002-03 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons
2001-02 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons
2000-01 Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks / Philadelphia 76ers
1999-00 Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat
1998-99 Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat
1997-98 Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks
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

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