The NBA Development Defensive Player of the Year is an annual NBA Development League (D-League) award given since the league's inaugural season to the best defensive player of the regular season. The league's head coaches determine the award by voting and it is usually presented to the honoree during the D-League playoffs.[1]

Through the 2016–17 season, three players have been named the Defensive Player of the Year more than once: Derrick Zimmerman (2005 & 2006), Stefhon Hannah (2012 & 2013) and DeAndre Liggins (2014 & 2016). Five international players have been named recipients: Stéphane Lasme of Gabon and Mouhamed Sene of Senegal (both in 2008), Walter Tavares of Cape Verde, Landry Nnoko of Cameroon, and Chris Boucher of Canada. Jeff Myers was the inaugural winner while playing for the Greenville Groove.[2] By position, guards have dominated the award with eight winners, followed by centers with six and forwards with four.

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  1. ^ "SIOUX FALLS' DEANDRE LIGGINS NAMED 2015-16 NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR". NBA.com. April 13, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Groove's Myers Named 2001-02 NBDL Defensive Player of the Year". NBA.com. March 27, 2002. Retrieved April 16, 2016.

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