The NBA award races are starting to heat up and the defensive player of the year award is going to be competitive. Star centers such as Rudy Gobert and Myles Turner lead the way, but Ben Simmons is close. Let’s take a look at the cases for each player to win the award. 1. Rudy Gobert (Center) Utah JazzGobert has been a dominant force in the paint for the Utah Jazz all season. He is averaging 2.8 blocks per game and is leading the NBA in defensive rating this season with a defensive rating of 101.2. Gobert’s defense has been very impactful as the Jazz are +9.4 while he is on the floor per game….