The DPOY Ranking is the ranking by which we can evaluate the existence of Rudy Gobert, a French giant who has been awarded three times for half a dozen years. This is the lineup where you find the names that aren’t at the top of the bill every night. On the other hand, this is the ranking where you will most often find the names of the guys who led their team to victory. Winners with their defense near or far from the ball. Go, read well and trespass, bite penalty.
(Statistics as of January 5)
#10 Luguentz Sleeps
It’s hard to put the young Canadian higher in these rankings, as his team still scores points every night in droves. Even so, Luguentz Dort remains in trouble, one of the best defensive specialists in the league, a guy you’ll automatically send to the opposing scoring machine, a scoring machine that often intercepts little Lu when he passes. , but on the other hand, not a block, not a piece, and someone who made a name for himself by getting into James Harden’s head in the Playoffs three years ago has been going on every night since his construction site and not. Bradley Beal, Luka Doncic, or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will tell you otherwise.
2022-23 stats: 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals, Thunder 11th best NBA team in defensive rating
#9 Marcus Smart
The NBA’s best point guard in 2021-22 is still one of the league’s best specialists, but his dominance in his own end of the court looks less impressive this season. The beginning of the explanation? Maybe Boston’s steam engine is an all-around weapon this season, and the C’s are so strong on offense that they don’t even need to play defense anymore. Regardless, the pit bull continues to bite, but less than last season and especially less than other more decent rabies 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 are pawns, it is not unreasonable to have Aaron Gordon in this ranking. A famous figure in the French basketball media landscape once said, “The DPOY Ranking must follow the games,” and in Denver’s internal situation, that sentence takes on full meaning. Aaron Gordon is a self-sacrificing guy this season, like Bruce Brown or even Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but his sacrifices seem to be the most useful. Nikola Jokic takes care of shooting big at 45/18/14 on 130% shooting, but sometimes it’s AG’s 22/11 that wins the Nuggets. The forced pass, the cut line, the straight I to stop the opposing kangaroos… in short, Aaron is showing more than ever that he is more than a dunker, a guy who wants to shoot, more than a guy who likes to hang out in a glass bar on Sundays . This season? Monsieur is the second most important player on the best team in the West, not bad, right?
2022-23 stats: 6.9 rebounds, 1 steal and 0.8 against
#7 Joel Embiid
When we think of Joel Embiid, we often think of the league’s leading scorer, MVP candidate, or even the guy who couldn’t find the passport service of the county of Pennsylvania. But let’s not forget that, at the same time, this good Jojo remains one of the toughest turns in the League, one of the hardest to attack, one of the superstars who, despite the kid’s meaty past with the doctor, is never afraid of cardboard. . It took the Sixers a few weeks to get going this season, they had to deal with a few hiccups, but now they’re winning, they’re winning a lot, especially because they’re defending, and they’re defending because of Joel Embiid. Simple scheme and there again…we know it, we see it when we watch the matchups, normal people don’t attack the rim the same way when Philly’s hoop is down. So, bringing the church back to the center of the village, Joel Embiid is an MVP candidate, but he’s also a DPOY candidate.
2022-23 stats: 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, Sixers second-best NBA team in points allowed and third in defensive rating
#6 Nicholas Claxton
“Honestly, I feel like one of the best defensemen in the league, I feel like I should be at the top of the DPOY discussion. I feel like I don’t get the respect I deserve. We won, I have good statistics (2.5 blocks average this season, editor’s note)I protect the circle, I can defend five positions.”
Did Nic Claxton say it all? It’s not far. Interestingly, we almost agree with him. The Nets’ loss to the Bulls yesterday hasn’t affected the franchise’s current fine form, and if Brooklyn has been nearly unbeatable over the past month, it’s not just because of the performances of the KD/Kyrie duo. these small (big) hands of the collective, Royce O’Neale, Ben Simmons, Watanabe, Warren, Curry, Harris and others, and therefore this great work of Nic Claxton, the new official pancake distributor of the city. At the age of 23, the fine curve is part of Jacques Vaughn’s furniture, he repels attacks from attackers with big slaps, and his team’s results + current progress could put him even closer to the podium next month. We bet?
2022-23 stats: 8.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.5 blocks, Nets seventh best NBA team in points allowed and eighth in defensive rating
.#5 Bam Adebayo
He is there every year, he parks a car not far from the podium and the trophy. Bam joined the defensive organization almost six years ago, having originally joined because he was a guarantee in his part of the field. Who doesn’t remember this INCREDIBLE counter on Jayson Tatum in the 2020 Conference Finals, one of the greatest in history, that pretty much symbolizes what Bam represents defensively. This season we get the same ones, start again and protect our circle, all while sticking to a career high points average, but we don’t care, but the big thing in the Miami Rocket is simple. , his intelligence and wooden body are also enough to make Bam Edrice a legitimate contender for the DPOY trophy. A few more wins, a Ball… 4 in the East and we’ll be talking about this again?
2022-23 stats: 9.9 rebounds, 1 steal and 0.7 against, Heat third-best NBA team in points allowed and seventh in defensive rating
#4 Jaren Jackson Jr.
He is coming. Be afraid, it is coming. A paradoxical nomination for the Grizzlies vine, as JJJ only played half of the team’s games. He wants to improve, but it’s hard to place him higher in this ranking anyway. Another insignificant “detail” that has haunted him for several years: mistakes. Super annoying guy. For example, we remember Christmas Day, during which Triple J was targeted by Draymond Green, or even from memory (vice) against Denver or Philly, during which internal flaw management dictated his situation. team game. Too naive, too often targeted, as the real ones know, but to get back to the positive, let’s also remember that the kid is still the best blocker in the League thanks to a flexibility / timing sense that is almost unrivaled today and what his team has this season. .. The best defense in the NBA. It’s time to send a big batch to this thug Dillon Brooks, who probably would have been in his teammate’s shoes if he was delayed in returning to the game. Because more than a reigning DPOY, it’s a true duo that has carried the Oursons defensively this season.
2022-23 stats: 6.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.2 blocks, Grizzlies eighth best NBA team in points allowed and first in defensive rating
#3 Evan Mobley
November 5, 2022. 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 blocks against the Pistons. Nobody talked 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 can I say it? Tim Duncan? Maybe yes. This season is incredible, because as restrained as it is effective, and in keeping with the collective results, let’s just say we bow to the tenacity of a kid who needs to explore Spring Break, not just parquet floors, at his age. The podium is mandatory, because Cleveland’s 4th position has already pushed the cork so much that his performances every night no longer surprise anyone, and his relationship with Jarrett Allen, as well as deservedly, causes nausea in almost all the interiors of the NBA. And to think it’s maybe only 20%.
2022-23 stats: 8.9 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.3 against, Cavs top NBA team in points allowed and second in defensive rating
#2 OG Anunoby
He was the leader of our first rankings of the season, dropping one spot, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped locking in everywhere he goes. Always the best tackler in the league, OG remains this kind of mutant capable of guarding five positions, this guy who promises you hell in between and makes you want to live for 40 minutes. Well, not really yours, huh, but on the other hand, Ja Morant or Donovan Mitchell can attest to that. Never satisfied, only stupid, because we clearly feel that OG has invested this season with a mission, making this cup, reminding us of one of his goals for 2023. Keep it up boy, you’re not far off, but then not far off at all.
2022-23 stats: 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 0.8 against, Raptors, tenth best NBA team in points allowed
#1 Brook Lopez
Just a few centimeters away, because today we will spin the medal more. The guy who remains to this day, close your eyes, the all-time leading scorer in Nets history and has since completely deconstructed his game to become 1) a one-dimensional sniper and 2) a double-double. – edge sniper. exceptional defender. Along with Brook Giannis (who deserves a spot on that podium) on the podium of the league’s best blockers, he creates a frontcourt synonymous with offensive hell, and we’re not even counting the ones coming for the pick-and-roll. By the giant gypsy after fighting Freak. The science of defense is advanced here, but more so it hallucinates the career of a man who knows how to rebuild us according to the needs of his time and who is one of the best defenders in the NBA today. one of the best strikers. And this is not given to all brains by chance.
2022-23 stats: 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, Bucks sixth best NBA team in points allowed and fourth in defensive rating
Sources: basketreference and ESPN