Originally Posted by ~LA's fine$t~
A,3 DPOY,defense over offense anyday of the week
Teams with Defensive Player of the Year Award winners have typically performed well in the playoffs.
9 of the 14 Defensive Player of the Year Award winners have won NBA championships:
Michael Jordan (6 wins - '91, '92, '93, '96, '97, '98 with Bulls)
Dennis Rodman (5 wins - '89, '90 with Pistons, '96, '97, '98 with Bulls; 1 loss - '88 with Pistons)
Michael Cooper (3 wins - '85, '87, '88 with Lakers; 3 losses - '83, '84, '89 with Lakers)
Hakeem Olajuwon (2 wins - '94, '95 with Rockets)
David Robinson (2 wins - '99, '03 with Spurs)
Gary Payton (1 win - '06 with Heat; 2 losses - '96 with Sonics, '04 with Lakers)
Ben Wallace (1 win - '04 with Pistons; 1 loss - '05 with Pistons)
Alonzo Mourning (1 win - '06 with Heat)
Kevin Garnett (1 win - '08 with Celtics)
Dikembe Mutombo (1 loss - '01 with 76ers)
In the 26 seasons since the award was first created, there have only been four in which the NBA finals did not have at least one past, present, or future NBA Defensive Player of the Year on either team - 1986, 2000, 2002, and 2007.
18 of the 26 NBA Champions since the 1983 season have had a Defensive Player of the Year on their roster. The 1996-98 Bulls (Jordan and Rodman) and the 2006 Miami Heat (Mourning, Payton) had two.
No team featuring two NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award winners has ever lost in an NBA Finals: the Chicago Bulls teams of Rodman and Jordan won in 1996 (defeating Payton's Seattle Supersonics), 1997 and 1998; the 2006 NBA Finals was won by a Miami Heat team with both Alonzo Mourning and Gary Payton.
Gary Payton and/or Dennis Rodman has been involved in every NBA Finals series involving at least 2 Defensive Players of the Year.
1988: Lakers (Cooper) vs. Pistons (Rodman)
1989: Lakers (Cooper) vs. Pistons (Rodman)
1996: Bulls (Rodman, Jordan) vs. Supersonics (Payton)
1997: Bulls (Rodman, Jordan) vs. Utah Jazz
1998: Bulls (Rodman, Jordan) vs. Utah Jazz
2004: Pistons (Wallace) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Payton)
2006: Heat (Mourning, Payton) vs. Dallas Mavericks