As the 2023 NBA playoffs roll on, the league’s best and brightest from last season will be honored individually for their accomplishments.
Tune in to see who takes home the 2022-23 NBA MVP, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and more!
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Defensive Player of the Year: Years Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies
Jackson led the NBA with an average of 3.0 blocks per game, also a Grizzlies single-season franchise record, and averaged nearly seven rebounds per game. The Grizzlies finished first in the West and third in the NBA with a 110.7 defensive rating, and Jackson was a big reason why.
This is Jackson’s first career DPOY award. He received 56 first-place votes to beat out fellow finalists Brook Lopez of the Milwaukee Bucks and Evan Mobley of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 23-year-old Michigan State product is the second-youngest player in the NBA to win the award, trailing only Dwight Howard in 2008-09.
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