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NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Odds

Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

In a league with a litany of explosive offensive players, quality defense in the NBA tends to get overlooked. Defensive specialists are a must for any championship-contending team, and coaches are focusing on that end of the floor more than ever.

When it comes to gauging which hooper is going to take home the Defensive Player of the Year Award in the 2016-17 NBA season, Sports Interaction is offering a ton of value. Kawhi Leonard headlines things at +350, while Draymond Green (+400), Rudy Gobert (+550), Hassan Whiteside (+550), Anthony Davis (+750), DeAndre Jordan (+800), Paul George (+800), LeBron James (+2000), Chris Paul (+2000) and Marc Gasol (+2000) are also in the mix.

Leonard, the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year Award recipient, has firmly established himself as the best two-way player in the Association. The small forward became the first non-center to earn the honor in consecutive years since Dennis Rodman accomplished the feat in 1989-90 and 1990-91.

The 25-year-old was the main anchor of a San Antonio defense that led the NBA in points allowed (92.9 points per game) and defensive rating (96.6 points per 100 possessions). The Spurs had a defensive rating of 94.9 when he was on the floor and 99.2 when he wasn’t. If you’re backing Leonard to make it a three-peat, I wouldn’t blame you.

Green, Gobert and Whiteside are all solid choices, but I’m taking Davis at +750. Davis had a severe down year last season, but he’s in line for a bounce-back campaign. The Kentucky product possesses a scary amount of athleticism and he’s gifted beyond his years on both offense and defense. Scarily, he even grew an inch in the offseason to bring him to 6-foot-11. He deserves to be higher on this list.

Here’s a look at the book’s Defensive Player of the Year odds:

Who Will Win the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year Award?

Odds as of October 5 at Sports Interaction

  • Kawhi Leonard +350
  • Draymond Green +400
  • Rudy Gobert +550
  • Hassan Whiteside +550
  • Anthony Davis +750
  • DeAndre Jordan +800
  • Paul George +800
  • LeBron James +2000
  • Chris Paul +2000
  • Marc Gasol +2000
  • Avery Bradley +2200
  • Serge Ibaka +3300
  • Andre Drummond +3300
  • Jimmy Butler +3300
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +3300
  • DeMarre Carroll +4000
  • Jae Crowder +4000
  • Andrew Bogut +5000
  • Mike Conley +5000
  • John Wall +5000
  • Russell Westbrook +5000
  • Paul Millsap +6000
  • Joakim Noah +6000
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist +6000
  • Tony Allen +6000
  • Danny Green +10000
  • Klay Thompson +10000
  • Kyle Lowry +10000

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