Rudy Gobert-Utah Jazz
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Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert claimed his third DPOY award of his career, the NBA announced Wednesday. Gobert beat out Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.

The Jazz rim-protector became the fourth player in NBA history to win the award three times, joining Dwight Howard, Ben Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo with at least three DPOY awards to their name.

Gobert averaged 14.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game this season, leading the Jazz to an NBA best record of 52-20.

Gobert, the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has career averages of 12.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 545 games, all with the Jazz.