Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins 2019-20 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the


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Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins 2019-20 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award


The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the NBA announced today.

 

This marks the first NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award for Antetokounmpo, who finished in second place last season.

Antetokounmpo, the 2018-19 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, becomes the fifth player selected as both the NBA MVP and the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in a career, joining Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson and Kevin Garnett.

The 6-11 Greek forward also joins Sidney Moncrief as the only players to win the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award with the Bucks. Moncrief played for Milwaukee when he earned the honor in both the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons, the first two seasons that the award was presented.

Antetokounmpo received 75 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 432 total points. Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (200 points; 14 first-place votes) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (187 points; six first-place votes) finished in second and third place, respectively. Gobert was honored as the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year in each of the previous two seasons.

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. The voting was conducted based on regular-season games played through March 11. The seeding games, which were played July 30 – Aug. 14 as part of the 2019-20 season restart, did not count toward voting for the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award or the league’s other traditional end-of-season awards.

In games played through March 11, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to the NBA’s best defensive rating as they allowed 101.6 points per 100 possessions. With Antetokounmpo on the court, Milwaukee allowed only 96.5 points per 100 possessions, the lowest defensive rating among the more than 300 players who averaged at least 15.0 minutes per game.

From the beginning of the season through March 11, Milwaukee’s opponents shot an NBA-low 41.3 percent from the field. Antetokounmpo held his matchups to 36.5 percent shooting from the field, the lowest percentage among the more than 250 players who faced at least 300 shots.

Antetokounmpo averaged an NBA-high 11.5 defensive rebounds in games played through March 11, highlighted by nine games with at least 15 defensive rebounds. He also averaged 1.04 steals and 1.02 blocked shots, making him one of six players to average one or more in both categories.

In addition to being named the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Antetokounmpo is a finalist for the 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Award after averaging 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists in games played through March 11 while helping Milwaukee post an NBA-best 53-12 record during that period. TNT will announce the winner of the Kia NBA MVP Award during its coverage of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

The voting results for the 2019-20 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award are below. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Complete ballots for each voter will be posted at after the announcement of all end-of-season awards.

VOTING RESULTS: 2019-20 KIA NBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Player (Team)

1st Place Votes

2nd Place Votes

3rd Place Votes

Total Points

 

(5 Points)

(3 Points)

(1 Point)

 
     

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)

75

18

3

432

 

Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)

14

30

40

200

 

Rudy Gobert (Utah)

6

44

25

187

 

Ben Simmons (Philadelphia)

1

5

12

32

 

Bam Adebayo (Miami)

2

1

4

17

 

Patrick Beverley (LA Clippers)

1

0

2

7

 

Marcus Smart (Boston)

0

1

4

7

 

Andre Drummond (Cleveland)

1

0

0

5

 

Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers)

0

0

5

5

 

Brook Lopez (Milwaukee)

0

0

4

4

 

Hassan Whiteside (Portland)

0

1

0

3

 

Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn)

0

0

1

1

 

 

Below is the all-time list of recipients of the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

KIA NBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS

1982-83 – Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee

1995-96 – Gary Payton, Seattle

2008-09 – Dwight Howard, Orlando

1983-84 – Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee

1996-97 – Dikembe Mutombo, Atlanta

2009-10 – Dwight Howard, Orlando

1984-85 – Mark Eaton, Utah

1997-98 – Dikembe Mutombo, Atlanta

2010-11 – Dwight Howard, Orlando

1985-86 – Alvin Robertson, San Antonio

1998-99 – Alonzo Mourning, Miami

2011-12 – Tyson Chandler, New York

1986-87 – Michael Cooper, L.A. Lakers

1999-00 – Alonzo Mourning, Miami

2012-13 – Marc Gasol, Memphis

1987-88 – Michael Jordan, Chicago

2000-01 – Dikembe Mutombo, Philadelphia

2013-14 – Joakim Noah, Chicago

1988-89 – Mark Eaton, Utah

2001-02 – Ben Wallace, Detroit

2014-15 – Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

1989-90 – Dennis Rodman, Detroit

2002-03 – Ben Wallace, Detroit

2015-16 – Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

1990-91 – Dennis Rodman, Detroit

2003-04 – Metta World Peace, Indiana

2016-17

– Draymond Green, Golden State

1991-92

– David Robinson, San Antonio

2004-05

– Ben Wallace, Detroit

2017-18

– Rudy Gobert, Utah

1992-93

– Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston

2005-06

– Ben Wallace, Detroit

2018-19

– Rudy Gobert, Utah

1993-94

– Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston

2006-07

– Marcus Camby, Denver

2019-20

– Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee

1994-95

– Dikembe Mutombo, Denver

2007-08

– Kevin Garnett, Boston

   
           

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of National Basketball Association, NBA.



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