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Rudy Gobert leads Myles Turner in Defensive Player of the Year race

Can anybody catch Rudy Gobert and Myles Turner in this year’s Defensive Player of the Year race.

Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz look on during the game on November 27, 2019 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is back in the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award again. The big man was dethroned by Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo last season but is the odds-on favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook as he aims to win the honor for the third time in four years. Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis hasn't been as talked about as much as usual, and other big has taken his place as the biggest threat to Gobert.

Gobert leads the field with -200 odds on DraftKing Sportsbook. Gobert doesn’t have the flashiest stats, but is averaging a career-high 2.8 blocks per game for a Jazz team that allows the third-fewest points per game in the NBA. His ability to alter shots helps make up for his limited offensive game. Only the Lakers have a better defensive rating than the Jazz.

Turner has the second-best odds at +300 and has taken his dynamic shot blocking to a new level this year. He leads the NBA with 3.5 rejections per contest. The Pacers are a middle-of-the-road defensive team as a whole though, so his overall impact isn’t quite at Gobert’s level.

Ben Simmons (+600) and Davis (+2000) have the third and fourth-best odds. Simmons plays alongside another elite defender in Joel Embiid (+1400), and that could affect his chances significantly. Davis’s Lakers have lost three of the four games they’ve played since he went down with an Achilles injury against the Denver Nuggets, so he could make a late-season surge if he helps lift Los Angeles back to excellence in the second half of the season.