Who Won the NBA Defensive Player Award?

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

The NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award started in 1983 and is selected by sportswriters.

Ben Wallace of the Pistons has won the award four times, as has Dikembe Mutombo. Dwight Howard is the only player to have won in three consecutive seasons.

Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon have won the award along the league MVP in the same season.

The winner is selected by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters from around the league.

Year Winner For
2015-16 Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs Details >>
2014-15 Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs Details >>
2013-14 Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls Details >>
2012-13 Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies Details >>
2011-12 Tyson Chandler New York Knicks Details >>
2010-11 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic Details >>
2009-10 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic Details >>
2008-09 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic Details >>
2007-08 Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics Details >>
2006-07 Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets Details >>
2005-06 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons Details >>
2004-05 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons Details >>
2003-04 Ron Artest Indiana Pacers Details >>
2002-03 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons Details >>
2001-02 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons Details >>
2000-01 Dikembe Mutombo Philadelphia 76ers Details >>
1999-00 Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat Details >>
1998-99 Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat Details >>
1997-98 Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks Details >>
1996-97 Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks Details >>
1995-96 Gary Payton Seattle SuperSonics Details >>
1994-95 Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets Details >>
1993-94 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets Details >>
1992-93 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets Details >>
1991-92 David Robinson San Antonio Spurs Details >>
1990-91 Dennis Rodman Detroit Pistons Details >>
1989-90 Dennis Rodman Detroit Pistons Details >>
1988-89 Mark Eaton Utah Jazz Details >>
1987-88 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Details >>
1986-87 Michael Cooper Los Angeles Lakers Details >>
1985-86 Alvin Robertson San Antonio Spurs Details >>
1984-85 Mark Eaton Utah Jazz Details >>
1983-84 Sidney Moncrief Milwaukee Bucks Details >>
1982-83 Sidney Moncrief Milwaukee Bucks Details >>