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NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds Tight at Top with Rudy Gobert and Draymond Green on FanDuel Sportsbook

2021-22 NBA Defensive Player odds
2021-22 NBA Defensive Player odds / John Fisher/GettyImages

Four players are top contenders for NBA Defensive Player of the Year as teams approach the 60 game mark of the 2021-22 NBA season.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (+190) remains the favorite as he tries to capture the award for the fourth time in the last five years. FanDuel Sportsbook DPOY odds give 2017 DPOY winner Draymond Green (+210) a solid shot to win the award again despite being sidelined with a spine injury since early January. Reports are surfacing that Green may return to game action in 3-4 weeks.

And 2020 DPOY year winner Giannis Antetokounmpo (+390) is also a major contender for DPYO along with league MVP. The newcomer who is a challenger for DPOY is fourth year player Jaren Jackson Jr (+700). He's having his best season yet in helping lead the Memphis Grizzlies to the top of the Southwest division.

Gobert leads the league in rebounding, and is tied for second in blocks with Jackson and Robert Williams. But even as advanced stats continue to evolve and nudge us in the right directions, the evaluation of defense is, to a greater extent than any other facet of the game, still heavily dependent on the good ol’ eye test.

As the DPOY race remains tight into the final quarter of the regular season, here are the updated Defensive Player of the Year odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

1. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (+190)

2. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors (+210)

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (+390)

4. Jaren Jackson Jr, Memphis Grizzlies (+700)

5. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers (+1600)

6. Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns (+1600)

7. Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers (+2700)

8. Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers (+4900)

9. Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers (+4900)

10. Robert Williams, Boston Celtics (+6500)

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