NBA

Rudy Gobert Dethroned, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins NBA Defensive Player Of Year Award

Aug 25, 2020, 4:39 PM | Updated: 5:03 pm

Giannis Antetokounmpo - Rudy Gobert...

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks is defended by Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz during a game at Fiserv Forum on January 07, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NBA announced Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as the 2019-20 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, dethroning reigning DPOY, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

The league announced Antetokounmpo as the award’s honoree on Tuesday, August 25. It was Antetokounmpo’s first time winning the award.

Gobert’s reign as the NBA’s two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year came to an end as a result.

The Jazz center won the award for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

Antetokounmpo ran away with the award having received 75 first place votes. The reigning NBA MVP is one of five players in league history to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award and Defensive Player award. The other players on that list are:

  • Michael Jordan
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • David Robinson
  • Kevin Garnett

In the 2019-20 DPOY vote, Gobert finished in third place. He received six first place votes.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis finished in second place with 14 first place votes.

This season, Gobert is averaging 15.1 points, 13.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 0.8 steals in 34.3 minutes per contest.

Gobert and the Jazz will play Game 5 of their first round series against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, August 25 at 4:30 p.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on TNT, AT&T SportsNet, and 97.5 FM.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

NBA

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson celebrates a made shot with fans...

Ben Anderson

How Would NHL Move Affect Utah Jazz, Delta Center?

With the growing likelihood of the Arizona Coyotes relocating to Salt Lake City, what effect will an NHL team have on the Utah Jazz?

8 hours ago

Talen Horton-Tucker Utah Jazz Houston Rockets...

Chandler Holt

Talen Horton-Tucker Spins Through Houston Rockets Defense, Rocks Rim

In the fourth quarter against Houston, Talen Horton-Tucker put the Rocket's defense in a spin cycle and threw down a powerful jam.

22 hours ago

Taylor Hendricks Utah Jazz Houston Rockets...

Chandler Holt

Taylor Hendricks Throws Down Tomahawk Slam In Transition

In the third quarter against Houston, Utah Jazz rookie Taylor Hendricks ran out on the break and threw down a nasty one-hand dunk.

23 hours ago

Jazz Rockets Darius Bazley...

Chandler Holt

Jazz Send Rockets Packing With Multiple First-Half Blocks

The Utah Jazz relied on defense in the first half against the Houston Rockets on Thursday as they racked up multiple highlight blocks.

23 hours ago

Utah Jazz forward Luka Samanic...

Chandler Holt

Luka Samanic Throws Down One-Hand Spike On Nikola Jokic

In the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz forward Luka Samanic rose up for a one-hand dunk over Nikola Jokic.

3 days ago

Omer Yurtseven Utah Jazz...

Chandler Holt

Omer Yurtseven Gets Off To Hot Start Against Denver Nuggets

It was a rough first half for the Utah Jazz against the Denver Nuggets but center Omer Yurtseven had one of his best starts of the season.

3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Rudy Gobert Dethroned, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins NBA Defensive Player Of Year Award