Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert wins 3rd career NBA Defensive Player of the Year award

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award on Wednesday night, becoming the fourth player to be named the league’s best defenseman at least three times in his career.

Gobert, who won the award in 2018 and ’19 before Giannis Antetokounmpo won it last year, got 84 of 100 first-place votes and finished with 464 points overall. Philadelphia 76ers keep Ben simmons (15 first place votes, 287 points in total) and Golden State Warriors before Draymond Green (76 points in total) finished second and third respectively.

Miami heat center Bam Adebayo finished fourth and received the remaining vote for first place.

Dikembe Mutombo, Ben Wallace and Dwight Howard are the only other players to have won at least three Defensive Player of the Year awards. Mutombo and Wallace have each won four times and Howard has won three.

“It’s amazing,” Gobert said of the three-time award winner. “When I started playing basketball as a kid, if someone had told me I was going to be defensive player of the year, I never would have believed it, let alone three times.

“It’s hard to put into words the things you can accomplish when you love what you do, first of all, and when you have a group of people who believe in you and you work at it every day. trying to write my own story, trying to enjoy my own trip, but to be one of the only four to have won the award so many times is just amazing. “

Utah began its rise to be one of the elite teams in the West several years ago behind a squad full of defensive players built around the special skills of the huge 7-foot-1 center. But with more attacking players in the current roster, the Jazz have relied more on Gobert to keep the team’s defense at an elite level. He succeeded, as the Jazz finished the season with fourth-place offense in the league, third-place defense and the best net score (9 points per 100 possessions) of nearly three points over their most competitive competitors. relatives (LA mowers, 6.1).

Simmons, one of the league’s most versatile defensemen, thanks to his 6-foot-10 frame and impressive athletic gifts, has helped lead the league’s second-best defense, which, in turn, has helped Philadelphia take first place in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Green, on the other hand, has proven he’s still more than capable of making a significant impact defensively after leading the Warriors to the NBA’s fifth-best defensive score in the regular season – not to mention making. spectacular work defensively in Golden State for Los Angeles Lakers in seventh place in the play-in tournament last week.

The NBA has previously announced that the Utah Jazz guard Jordan clarkson had won the league’s sixth man of the year award, New York Knicks before Julius Randle was named his most improved player, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau is the coach of Yeah and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is the league’s MVP.

Rookie of the year has yet to be distributed, along with the All-Rookie, All-Defensive and All-NBA teams.

Like last year, the NBA has reverted to its traditional rollout of awards during the playoffs, rather than having a big awards show at the end of the playoffs, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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