Threat to Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert in DPOY race: Myles Turner
Another player who has emerged as a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year is Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner, who currently leads the league in blocked shots, averaging 3.5 rejections per game.
While Turner has yet to receive the accolades that Rudy Gobert and Ben Simmons have through the course of their career, the 25-year-old Texas native has proven to be one of the league’s best rim protectors. In 2019, he led the NBA in blocked shots and has been top five in that category in all but one of his six seasons with the Pacers.
Turner’s play in recent weeks, including a game against the Dallas Mavericks where he recorded seven blocks, has caught the media’s attention.
NBA.com currently has him at No. 2 on the DPOY ladder.
The player that Turner trails? You guessed it: Gobert.
While Myles Turner and Ben Simmons will make the race close until the end, it appears to be Rudy Gobert’s to lose.