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Jazz center Rudy Gobert wins Defensive Player of the Year award

Rudy Gobert and Draymond Green

The second-ever NBA Awards bring forward some of the best players, coaches, and plays, recognizing the best of the best throughout a long 82-game NBA season. TNT televised this awards ceremony in conjunction with the NBA, giving the players the opportunity to celebrate these accomplishments in front of their peers.


WINNER: Rudy Gobert

After tying Draymond Green for defensive efficiency in 2016-17, Gobert finally reaches the coveted recognition he’s wanted all along after posting a remarkable 2.3 blocks per game, despite missing 25 games to injury.

It was Gobert’s return to the lineup which spearheaded a massive comeback by the Utah Jazz, going from the 10th spot in the Western Conference to an eventual fifth spot, which they rode into the Western Conference semifinals.