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  • Rudy Gobert is now the odds-on favorite to win his third DPOY 
  • Track how the odds fluctuate throughout the 2020-21 NBA season

We’ve been tracking the odds to win the 2021 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award all year long and have included the data below. The main graph on this page has been generated by calculating the average from many of our most trusted sportsbooks.

2021 NBA Defensive of the Year Odds

  • [April 15] Rudy Gobert’s odds have shortened further, now at an average price of -335
  • [April 8] The DPOY race remains flat, as Gobert is still a significant odds-on favorite
  • [April 1st] Not much movement this week in the DPOY race, as Rudy Gobert remains -223 favorite
  • [March 24] Rudy Gobert remains the heavy favorite, while Embiid’s odds have shortened back to +1800 as he’s returned to the court
  • [March 16] With Embiid suffering a knee bruise to knock him out of action for a few weeks, his DPOY odds have faded all the way to an average of +3050, making this a four player race
  • [March 9] Gobert is still the favorite, but Simmons is now the consensus second choice, at average odds of +243
  • [March 3] Simmons’ rise continues as the 76ers Aussie star is now at average odds of +300. Gobert remains the heavy -205 favorite
  • [February 24] As Embiid carries a lot of the load on offence, Simmons has picked it up on the defensive end for the East leading Sixers, and has improved his DPOY odds to an average of +725
  • [February 16] Utah remains the class of the league, and Gobert is now the odds-on favorite to win the award, at a price of -140
  • [February 10] With the Jazz sitting at an NBA best 20-5 record, Gobert’s status as their anchor has continued to shorten his price for DPOY, now at average odds of +180
  • [February 4] Rudy Gobert has overtaken Anthony Davis as the favorite, now at odds of +225 as Utah is the hottest team in the NBA
  • [January 19] Myles Turner has broken out for the Pacers on the defensive end through the first month of the season, and now has odds of +825 for DPOY, inside the top five
  • [January 6] Ben Simmons impressive start to the season has surged him into the top five contenders, now at average odds of +850 after opening at +2400
  • [November 26] Anthony Davis has opened as a slight +240 favorite to win the award in 2020-21. Rudy Gobert is at odds of +300 to win his 3rd DPOY in four years

2021 NBA DPOY Odds

Player Odds
Rudy Gobert -335
Ben Simmons +230
Myles Turner +700
Giannis Antetokounmpo +3500
Joel Embiid +6000
Bam Adebayo +10000
Clint Capela +10000
Paul George +10000
Draymond Green +10000
Jrue Holiday +10000
Lugentz Dort +10000

Odds as of April 15th at DraftKings

While Giannis Antetokounmpo guns for his second straight year winning both MVP and DPOY, Anthony Davis is his biggest challenger – while AD also guns for his first MVP award.

Could Rudy Gobert win his third and tie Dwight Howard for second most all-time?

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Past 10 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Winners

Year Player Team
2020 Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
2019 Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
2018 Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
2017 Draymond Green Golden State Warriors
2016 Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs
2015 Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs
2014 Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls
2013 Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies
2012 Tyson Chandler New York Knicks
2011 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic