NBA Predictions: Who Will Be League Defensive Player of the Year?
Two NBA centers stick out as the clear favorites to take control of the DPOY award in the middle. The big men from Los Angeles and Miami will be atop the leaderboard in the rebounds and blocks category. Here are a few predictions.
“The defensive player of the year in the NBA this year will be DeAndre Jordan. The uber-athletic big man is a terror in the paint and makes slashing guards second guess their drives to the bucket. With an elite perimeter defender such as Chris Paul helping out, Jordan’s only job is to police the paint like no one else can.”
– Evan Siegel
“To me, it is hard to pick against Hassan Whiteside when we talk about defensive player of the year honors. Whiteside obliterated everyone in the league in blocks last season, averaging an unheard of 3.7 blocks per game. That is 1.4 more than the 2nd place blocker, DeAndre Jordan. If he can stay anywhere near that average, while maintaining a top 5 rebound mark, he is my pick to claim DPOY.”
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Obviously there are other names that can sneak into the defensive conversation, but expect to see one of these four names holding up the award at the end of the season.