May 24, 2022

The ‘NBA Defensive Player of the Year’ quiz


The last couple of days have been good to Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart. On Sunday, Smart made a crucial last-second clutch pass to Jayson Tatum, who converted a buzzer-beating layup to go up 1-0 in their series against the Brooklyn Nets. On Monday night, he was named the 2021-22 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. It’s a rare achievement for Smart, as a guard had not won the award since the 1995-96 season. Smart commented on that fact after winning, “The way the game is changing, the guards are being more recognized for their abilities to do certain things that we shouldn’t be able to do at our size. I think this award and me winning it shows that and opens the path for us guards in the future.” The Celtics host the Nets in Game 2 of their series on Wednesday night. 

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. The NBA began awarding the Defensive Player of the Year following the 1982-83 season. Since then, there have been 40 winners, including Smart. So with that in mind, how many of the 40 can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!