Michael Jordan is one of four players to have won both an MVP and a Defensive Player of the Year award in their career.
David Robinson won the award in the 1991–92 NBA season.
Dwight Howard has won the award three consecutive times in his career.
NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award is an annual (NBA) award given since the National Basketball Association to the best defensive player of the regular season. The winner is selected by a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points, second-place voted are worth three points, and a third-place vote is worth one. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. 1982–83 NBA season  
Since its inception, the award has been given to 21 different players.
and Dikembe Mutombo have each won the award a record four times. Ben Wallace  is the only player to have won the award in three consecutive seasons. Dwight Howard  , Sidney Moncrief , Mark Eaton , Dennis Rodman , Hakeem Olajuwon , and Alonzo Mourning have each won it twice. The most recent award recipient is Kawhi Leonard of the Rudy Gobert . Utah Jazz
Although five of the first six winners were perimeter players, the award has traditionally been given to big men who
and rebound shots. block  Only seven perimeter players have been honored: Moncrief,  , Alvin Robertson , Michael Cooper , Michael Jordan , Ron Artest (known now as Gary Payton ), and Metta World Peace . Kawhi Leonard Payton is the only  to have won. point guard Jordan,  Olajuwon,   , David Robinson and  Kevin Garnett  are the only Defensive Player of the Year winners to have won the  (MVP) during their careers; Jordan and Olajuwon won both awards in the same season. NBA Most Valuable Player Award In Olajuwon's case, he is the only one to have also won the  and the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in the same season. NBA championship On four occasions, the Defensive Player of the Year recipient was not voted to the  in the same year. Robertson in 1986, Mutombo (1995), NBA All-Defensive First Team (2012), and Tyson Chandler (2013) were instead named to the second team. Whereas the Defensive Player of the Year is voted on by the media, the All-Defensive teams were voted on by NBA coaches prior to 2014. Marc Gasol  
is the only winner who was trained completely outside the U.S. Out of the other three winners born outside the U.S., Mutombo and Olajuwon both played U.S. Rudy Gobert , and Gasol played U.S. college basketball . high school basketball , who has played for the Joakim Noah , was born in New York City and played both high school and college basketball in the U.S. French national team