RUDY GOBERT, DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert’s impact defensively was unrivaled last season, even despite the fact he missed a good chunk of the season due to knee issues. Gobert doesn’t just vacuum defensive rebounds, he’s also an elite rim-protector. On top of swatting away multiple shots nightly, Gobert’s mastery of verticality makes him nearly impossible to score on down low. Thanks to Gobert’s defensive dominance, the Utah Jazz have ranked Top 5 in net rating each of the past two seasons.