NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds: Lopez Now Favorite Over Giannis

The Bucks took a big step back on defense last season, and Brook Lopez's absence was clearly a big factor. With its center back healthy this season, Milwaukee's leading the league in D-rating, and Lopez is the early DPOY odds favorite.

Last Updated: Dec 1, 2022 3:23 PM ET Read Time: 3 min
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After Marcus Smart upended the NBA Defensive Player of the Year odds last season, a different story is unfolding for 2022-23, with Smart's price to win Defensive Player of the Year opening considerably worse than the contenders he beat out, and not gaining any upward traction.

It seems sportsbooks are sensing a return to order this season, with one particular defensive duo standing head-and-shoulders above the rest in the early going.

With the market taking shape as games roll on, here's a look at the latest NBA odds for 2023 DPOY:  

Odds to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Player Team DPOY Odds
Brook Lopez Bucks Milwaukee Bucks +180
Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks Milwaukee Bucks +350
OG Anunoby Raptors Toronto Raptors +600
Evan Mobley CavaliersCleveland Cavaliers +1,000
Bam Adebayo Heat Miami Heat +1,400
Joel Embiid 76ers Philadelphia 76ers +1,400
Jaren Jackson Jr. Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies +1,600
Rudy Gobert  Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves +1,600
Anthony Davis Lakers Los Angeles Lakers +2,200
Mikal Bridges Suns Phoenix Suns +3,000
Jarrett Allen CavaliersCleveland Cavaliers +3,500
Draymond Green Warriors Golden State Warriors +3,500

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook, December 1, 2022. 

Favorites to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Brook Lopez (+180)

The Bucks took a definite step back on defense for most of last season, and plenty of pundits missed the forest for the trees in estimating just how much that regression was due to the absence of one Brook Lopez

Milwaukee's starting center had taken home All-Defense honors in 2020, and teamed with Giannis to form the NBA's best rim-protection tag-team. 

Now fully healthy, Lopez is having a standout season, leading the league in blocks by a nautical mile while ranking near the top of most major defensive metrics. 

The Bucks sporting the NBA's best defense only bolsters both he and Giannis' cases, but one has to wonder at what point they'll cannibalize each other's equity. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (+350)

Settling into a default position among the DPOY contenders is Giannis Antetokounmpo, who's on the shortlist for the most versatile defender in league history.

Giannis' supernatural combination of length and agility allows him to swallow waterbug guards just as easily as brute-force centers. He consistently racks up "stocks" numbers among the league leaders, and annually rocks an elite metrics portfolio. 

The Bucks were almost never fully healthy last season, and with better luck in 2022-23, should be among the NBA's best, with Giannis at the core of an elite-when-engaged defense.

Milwaukee leads the league in D-rating so far — no longer content to just wall off the paint, the Bucks are also now conceding one of the league's lower 3-point rates.

OG Anunoby (+600)

After a bit of a stall in his career arc last season, the breakout campaign everyone expected from Raptors swingman OG Anunoby just appears to have arrived a year late. 

Not only has Anunoby been scoring at a career-high rate through early Raptors injuries, he's leading the league in steals and becoming this season's token perimeter defender no opposing star wants to face.

Anunoby's brand of physical defense puts many on edge, and his hit list is littered with apex attackers held to pedestrian outputs, while his versatility continues to be a key cog to the Raptors' amorphous Top-10 defense. 

Understanding NBA Defensive Player of the Year odds

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. We'll use 2019-20's Rookie of the Year odds race as an example: 

As the season progressed, with Ja Morant having been a huge favorite, his odds had a minus (-) sign ahead of the number: 

  • Ja Morant -500

This means that a bettor needs to wager $500 to win $100. Other candidates with worse odds would have a plus (+) sign ahead of the number. Early in the season, before any clear favorite is established, betting options will be listed as such: 

  • Zion Williamson +650

Here, a bettor stands to profit $650 for every $100 wagered.

If American odds aren't your thing, simply use our odds converter to switch the odds to decimal or fractional format. Most online sportsbooks also give you the option to change the odds format that you see.

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NBA Defensive Player of the Year history

Year NBA DPOY winner
2021-22 Marcus Smart
2020-21 Rudy Gobert
2019-20 Giannis Antetokounmpo
2018-19 Rudy Gobert
2017-18 Rudy Gobert
2016-17 Draymond Green
2015-16 Kawhi Leonard
2014-15 Kawhi Leonard
2013-14 Joakim Noah
2012-13 Marc Gasol
2011-12 Tyson Chandler
2010-11 Dwight Howard
2009-10 Dwight Howard
2008-09 Dwight Howard
2007-08 Kevin Garnett
2006-07 Marcus Camby
2005-06 Ben Wallace
2004-05 Ben Wallace
2003-04 Ron Artest
2002-03 Ben Wallace
2001-02 Ben Wallace
2000-01 Dikembe Mutombo

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