Vote: Defensive Player of the Year

Below are the midseason candidates for NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Cast your vote in the poll on the left-hand side of the page and see how your votes compare to the rest of SportsNation.

Ron Artest
"The Beast" is so intense he scares his teammates -- and camera operators, too. Nobody locks down perimeter players like Artest does, and he's fifth in the league in steals. And top ten in technical fouls.

Kobe Bryant
He's best known for his scoring ability, but this two-time All-Defensive Team member is just as active on the other end of the floor. He's fourth in the league in steals and, among shooting guards, third in the league in blocked shots.

Tim Duncan
"The Big Fundamental" is a coach's dream. He does everything well, and that holds true for his ability to guard both centers and power forwards. He leads the league in blocked shots and is third in rebounds.

Doug Christie
Anybody who saw the Western Conference finals last season knows Christie's offensive game is shaky. On defense, however, he ain't nothin' but a hound dog, with a league-leading 2.8 steals per game to lead the Kings' new emphasis on strong D.

Ben Wallace
Wallace is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and he's done nothing to change anyone's mind this year. He leads the league in rebounds by "8 Mile," and he's second in blocked shots. The award is his or Artest's to lose.