For the second straight year, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Leonard is a defensive leader for the Spurs, who allowed the fewest points per game during the regular season, giving up three points fewer per contest than the Utah Jazz in second.
Individually, Leonard tallied 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He ranked fifth in the NBA in Defensive Real Plus-Minus as the only non-power forward or center in the top 25.
It's hard to bypass the value of Leonard. The West is loaded with talented wings, and Leonard matches up with them and every single to night. Kawhi not only holds his own, but finds the energy to deliver on the offensive side of the floor.
With that being said, there were a couple other good defenders. Draymond Green, Rudy Gorbert and Hassan Whiteside are a couple elite defenders that come to mind.
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