The DPOY Ranking is this ranking where we can appreciate for half a dozen years the presence of a huge Frenchman, Rudy Gobert, who was triple rewarded. This is the ranking where you’ll find names that aren’t necessarily at the top of the bill every night. On the other hand, this is the ranking where you can often find the names of guys who make their team win. Who wins by their defense, near or far from the ball. Go, good reading and do not enter without permission, under penalty of being bitten.
(Statistics as of January 5)
#10 Luguentz Sleeping
It’s hard to top the young Canadian in this ranking because his team is still picking up wagons of points every night. However, Luguentz Dort, one of the best defensive specialists in the league, remains a problem, this guy you automatically send to the opposing scoring machine, a scoring machine that often steals when it crosses little Lu. , but a block on the other hand, what a piece, and the one who made a name for himself by getting into James Harden’s head in the Playoffs three years ago continues since his construction site, every night, and nor will Bradley Beal, or Luka Doncic or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tell you otherwise.
2022-23 stats: 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals, Thunder eleventh best NBA team in defensive rating
#9 Marcus Smart
The NBA’s best defender in 2021-22 is still one of the best specialists in the League, but this season his dominance in his part of the field seems less impressive. A beginning of explanation? Maybe because Boston’s steamroller this season is an all-around weapon, and the C’s are so strong on offense they don’t need to get off their ass on defense. Anyway, the pit bull continues to bite, but less than last season, and especially less than other more worthy rabid profiles.
2022-23 stats: 3.st 4 rebounds and 1.3 steals, Celtics tenth best NBA team in defensive rating
#8 Aaron Gordon
If the Nuggets take suitcases of pawns, Aaron Gordon’s presence in this ranking is illogical. A well-known figure in the French basketball media landscape once said “the DPOY Ranking, must watch games”, and in the case of Denver’s interior this sentence makes perfect sense. Aaron Gordon this season is the one who sacrifices himself, like Bruce Brown or even Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but he is the one whose sacrifices seem to be the most useful. Nikola Jokic is taking care of a big 45/18/14 on 130% shooting, but sometimes AG’s 22/11 actually wins the Nuggets. A forced pass, a cut pass line, it goes straight up like an I to stop opposing kangaroos… in other words, Aaron showed more than ever that he’s more than a dunker, more than a guy who wants shoot, more than a guy who likes to hang out on Sundays at the shisha bar. This season? Monsieur is the second most important player on the best team in the West, not bad, is it?
2022-23 stats: 6.9 rebounds, 1 steal and 0.8 fights
#7 Joel Embiid
When we think of Joel Embiid we often think of the leading scorer in the League, the MVP candidate, or even someone who can’t find the Pennsylvania prefecture’s passport service. But let’s not forget that at the same time, this great Jojo remains one of the most difficult pivots in the League, one of the most difficult to attack, one of the superstars who is not afraid of cardboard , despite the strong history of the boy in doctor . This season the Sixers took a few weeks to begin, they had to deal with a few absences, but now it’s winning, it’s winning a lot, it is winning in particular because it defends, and it defends thanks to Joel Embiid. Simple scheme, and there again… when we watch matches we know it, we see it, ordinary mortals don’t attack the circle the same way when Philly’s pivot is down. So let’s bring back the church in the middle of the village, Joel Embiid is an MVP candidate, but also a DPOY candidate.
2022-23 stats: 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, Sixers second best NBA team in points conceded and third in defensive rating
#6 Nicholas Claxton
“Honestly, I feel that I am one of the best defenders in the League, I feel that I should be the leader in the DPOY discussion. I feel like I don’t get the respect I deserve. Let’s win, my stats are good (2.5 blocks on average this season, editor’s note)I protect the circle, I can defend five positions.”
Has Nic Claxton said it all? Not far. And where it gets interesting is that we kind of agree with him. The loss of the Nets the other day against the Bulls did not affect the current good form of the franchise, and if Brooklyn has been almost unbeatable in the past month, it is not only thanks to the performances of the KD / Kyrie duo but also thanks to these small (big) hands of the collective, Royce O’Neale, Ben Simmons, Watanabe, Warren, Curry, Harris and co., and therefore this big thing of Nic Claxton, the new official pancake distributor of the city. At 23 years old, the lanky pivot is part of Jacques Vaughn’s toolkit, repelling attackers’ attacks with powerful slaps, and his team’s results + his current development could bring closer him on the podium next month. let’s bet?
2022-23 stats: 8.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.5 blocks, Nets seventh best NBA team in points scored and eighth in defensive rating
.#5 Bam Adebayo
Every year he was there, parked not far from the podium, not far from the trophy. Bam joined a defensive institution almost six years ago, he joined it because he himself presented guarantees in his part of the field, at first. Who doesn’t remember this INCREDIBLE match against Jayson Tatum in the 2020 Conference Finals, one of the best in history, an action that almost symbolizes what Bam represents in defense. This season we are taking the same, we are starting again and we are defending our circle, all while maintaining a career above the average of the points scored but we do not care, but the simple presence of the big in the racket of Miami , his intelligence and his tree body too, are enough to make Bam Edrice a legitimate contender for the DPOY trophy. A few more wins, a Top… 4 in the East and we’ll be talking about it again?
2022-23 stats: 9.9 rebounds, 1 steal and 0.7 against, Heat third best NBA team in points conceded and seventh in defensive rating
#4 Jaren Jackson Jr.
He will come. Be afraid, it’s coming. Paradoxical candidacy for the Grizzlies vine, as JJJ has only played about half of his team’s games. It wants to rise but, at the moment in any case, it is difficult to place it higher in this ranking. Another non-negligible “detail”, which has been chasing him for several years: mistakes. The bugger is super annoying. We remember, for example, Christmas Day, where Triple J was targeted by the malice (vice) of Draymond Green, or even matches, from memory, against Denver or Philly, where the management of mistakes internally conditioned his team fight. Too naive, often targeted because the real ones know, but to return to the positive, let’s all remember that the youngster is still the best blocker in the League thanks to an elasticity / sense of timing combo that is almost unmatched today and that has his team this season… the best defense in the NBA. It’s time to send a big buck to this thug Dillon Brooks, who would probably be in his teammate’s place if the latter was slow to get back into the game. Being more than a DPOY in power, this is a true duo that carries the Oursons on defense this season.
2022-23 stats: 6.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.2 blocks, Grizzlies are the NBA’s eighth best team in points scored and first in defensive rating
#3 Evan Mobley
November 5, 2022. 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 blocks against the Pistons. Nobody spoke about it. Evan Mobley is 21 years old. He’s 21 years old and he’s the defensive leader of… the best defense in the NBA. How to say. Tim Duncan? Maybe yes. Unbelievable this season because as effective as it is, and while following the results together, let’s just say that we can only bow to the toughness of a child who, at his age, would rather Springbreak than parquet floors. The Podium, obligatory, because Cleveland’s position 4 has already pushed into exile until every night his performances no longer surprise anyone, and that his connection with Jarrett Allen, who is also worthy, turns of nausea in almost every interior of the NBA. And think it’s maybe 20%.
2022-23 stats: 8.9 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.3 against, Cavs best NBA team in points conceded and second in defensive rating
#2 OG Anunoby
He tops our first rankings of the season, he’s dropped a spot but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped putting locks everywhere he goes. Always the best interceptor in the League, OG remains this kind of mutant who is capable of defending five positions, this guy who promises you hell in between and who makes you live for 40 minutes. Well, not really yours, huh, but on the other hand Ja Morant or Donovan Mitchell can attest to that recently. Never satisfied, the only thing missing is drool because we obviously feel OG invested with a mission this season, he who made this trophy, we remind you, one of his objectives for 2023. Keep it up boy, you are not far, but then it’s not distance.
2022-23 stats: 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 0.8 against, Raptors tenth best NBA team in points conceded
#1 Brook Lopez
Just a few centimeters away, because now it’s on a big pivot that we’d rather rotate the medal. A man who remains to this day, keep your eyes peeled, the all-time leading scorer in Nets history, and has since begun a total deconstruction of his game to become 1) a near-one-dimensional sniper and 2 ) a double-edged sniper. an extraordinary defender. On the podium of the best blockers in the League, Brook forms with Giannis (who deserves to limit his place on this podium) a frontcourt that is synonymous with hell for attackers, and we are not counting the men who came to get. of the big Gypsy after fighting the Freak. Herein lies the defensive science, but it is more this race so well led that hallucinates us, the race of a man who knows how to rebuild himself according to the needs of his time and is now one of the best defenders of the NBA after becoming one of its best forwards. And that, simply, is not given to all brains.
2022-23 stats: 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, Bucks are sixth best NBA team in points scored and fourth in defensive rating
Source: basketreference and ESPN