By successful the NBA Defensive Participant of the 12 months award this season, Utah Jazz middle Rudy Gobert grew to become solely the fourth participant in league historical past to win the award at the very least 3 times.
Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace gained the respect 4 instances, whereas Gobert and Dwight Howard have collected the award 3 times.
Gobert, who additionally earned the award within the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, led the NBA this season in defensive rebounds per recreation (10.1), complete defensive rebounds (720) and complete blocked pictures (190). Gobert additionally ranked second in blocked pictures per recreation (2.70). In associated information, the Jazz completed with the NBA’s greatest report (52-20) and have a 1-0 sequence lead towards the Los Angeles Clippers within the Western Convention semifinals.
Gobert acquired 84 first-place votes and had 464 factors from a worldwide panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons completed in second place (287 factors; 15 first-place votes) and Golden State Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced completed third (76 factors).
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