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Kawhi Leonard Repeats As Defensive Player Of The Year


Today Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named the NBAs Defensive Player Of The Year for the second consecutive season after leading the Spurs to a record 67 wins this season. Leonard becomes the first non-center to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons since Dennis Rodman in 1989-90 and 1990-91.

Leonard received 84 first-place votes and 547 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. He edged the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, who tallied 44 first-place votes and 421 points to finish as runner-up for the second season in a row. The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside was third with 83 points (two first-place votes). Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.

Leonard becomes the first Spur to win the award in back to back seasons, and the first player to win it in back to back years since Dwight Howard won it 3 years in a row from 2009-2011. Below are the results of the voting for the 2016 DPOY.

2015-16 KIA NBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR RESULTS

Player | Team | 1st place (5 pts) | 2nd place (3 pts) | 3rd place (1 pt) | Total Points

Kawhi Leonard | San Antonio Spurs | 84 | 41 | 4 | 547

Draymond Green | Golden State Warriors | 44 | 62 | 15 | 421

Hassan Whiteside | Miami Heat | 2 | 12 | 37 | 83

DeAndre Jordan | Los Angeles Clippers | 0 | 7 | 29 | 50

Paul Millsap | Atlanta Hawks | 0 | 3 | 12 | 21

Avery Bradley | Boston Celtics | 0 | 1 | 11 | 14

Rudy Gobert | Utah Jazz | 0 | 1 | 10 | 13

Tony Allen | Memphis Grizzlies | 0 | 1 | 2 | 5

Anthony Davis | New Orleans Hornets | 0 | 1 | 1 | 4

Andre Drummond | Detroit Pistons | 0 | 1 | 0 | 3

Jimmy Butler | Chicago Bulls | 0 | 0 | 2 | 2

LeBron James | Cleveland Cavaliers | 0 | 0 | 2 | 2

Trevor Ariza | Houston Rockets | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1

Jae Crowder | Boston Celtics | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1

Al Horford | Atlanta Hawks | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1

Kyle Lowry | Toronto Raptors | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1

Chris Paul | Los Angeles Clippers | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1

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