NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds: Gobert Favorite With New Pack

Rudy Gobert was one of the early offseason headliners, being traded to Minnesota for a massive haul of draft picks. Sportsbooks see the Stifle Tower having a big impact in his new city — they're opening him as the DPOY odds favorite yet again.

Last Updated: Aug 2, 2022 4:39 PM ET Read Time: 3 min
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Marcus Smart upended the NBA Defensive Player of the Year odds last season, not only mounting a considerable late rally from longshot status, but becoming the first guard to win DPOY in over 25 years.

However, books are predicting a different story for 2022-23, with Smart's odds to win DPOY considerably worse than the contenders he beat out — including his own teammate.

Here's an early look at the odds for 2023 NBA DPOY:  

Closing odds to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Player DPOY Odds
Rudy Gobert +550
Robert Williams +750
Bam Adebayo +700
Giannis Antetokounmpo +900
Draymond Green +1,100
Marcus Smart +1,200
Mikal Bridges +1,400
Anthony Davis +1,400
Joel Embiid +2,100
Jrue Holiday +2,700
Myles Turner +2,700
Ben Simmons +2,700
Evan Mobley +2,800
Jarrett Allen +3,000
Jaren Jackson Jr. +3,000
Kawhi Leonard +4,600

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook, August 2, 2022. 

Favorites to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Rudy Gobert (+550)

Rudy Gobert gets to start 2022-23 fresh on a new team that paid an arm, leg, and perhaps its short-term sanity to land the embattled Utah center. 

Now away from all the chemistry issues and hot-seat pressure the Jazz weathered last year, Gobert is surrounded by (slightly) more functional perimeter defense, not to mention a fast-paced system that will help him pad his stats. 

Not that there was much room for improvement: Gobert once again led the league in DRPM last season, while also pulling down the most defensive rebounds and finishing third in blocks per game. Utah's defense completely cratered when he was injured, which makes one wonder what's in store for the Jazz without him.

Robert Williams (+750)

Time Lord finally got starter's minutes in 2021-22, and became an utter force on D, leading the entire league in defensive rating and finishing second in blocks per game. 

Robert Williams' on/off numbers painted a player who was crucial to Boston's league-leading defense, and had he not been injured late in the season, he very well could have lifted the DPOY trophy instead of Smart. 

Regardless, he returns as one of the top choices for 2023's DPOY, with the Celtics fresh off a Finals run and ready to unleash their midseason-breakthrough defense on the NBA for a full campaign.

Bam Adebayo (+750)

Bam Adebayo, like many of last season's top DPOY contenders, simply missed too much time in the eyes of voters. 

When healthy, Bam is one of the most versatile and effective roving disruptors in basketball, equally comfortable busting up a pick and roll or stifling an attacker at the rim. 

Adebayo places high across the board in defensive metrics, while Miami's D is consistently among the NBA's best. If he stays on the court, count on him contending for this award all season long. 

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.

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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