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Top 10 Contenders for Defensive Player Of The Year

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4. Rudy Gobert

Like Whiteside, Rudy Gobery has literally emerged out of nowhere after living in the shadows of recently traded Enes Kanter. Gobert started for Kanter in January when he was dealing with injuries, and the Jazz’s backup was putting up incredible defensive numbers while helping his team win games. That prompted Utah to trade Kanter, and now Gobert is averaging 13.3 rebounds, one steal, and 3.3 blocks per game in his last seven for the Jazz. His presence has helped as he allows his opponents to shoot just 38% at the rim and 42.5% inside of 10 feet.

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