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NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Winners

Take a look back at every Defensive Player of the Year award winner in NBA history.

From NBA.com Staff

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A year-by-year list of the Kia Defensive Player of the Year Award winners:

2020-21 — Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (Voting)

2019-20 — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (Voting)

2018-19 — Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (Voting)

2017-18 — Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (Voting)

2016-17 — Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors (Voting)

2015-16 — Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs (Voting)

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, 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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