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Rudy Gobert Wins 2021 NBA Defensive Player of the Year

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The Stifle Tower takes out the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year title.

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Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert has won his third Defensive Player of the Year award — and the voting wasn’t close.

The 7’1 Frenchman earned a total of 464 points, including 84 of a possible 100 first-place votes. His closest competitor, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, tallied 287 points.

Gobert won the award in 2018 and 2019. He now sits behind Dikembe Mutumbo and Ben Wallace who each won four DPOYs. Dwight Howard of the Philadelphia 76’ers won the award three times.

Gobert has been crucial to the Jazz’ meteoric rise and league-best record this season, averaging 2.7 blocks, 0.7 steals along with 14.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), Clint Capela (Atlanta Hawks) and Joel Embiid (76ers) also received votes.

Given the Portland Trail Blazers disappointing defensive season, no Blazers figured in the top 12.