To join the discussion and get your Defensive Player of the Year comments on ESPN.com, respond to the NBA DPOY Top 5 rankings using the Twitter hashtag #DPOY.
1. LEBRON JAMES, HEAT @KingJames
ESPN ranks LeBron James the Defensive Player of the Year. Monstrous athlete who now derives sick pleasure from shutting players down. #DPOY
— Matthew Davis (@CouchsideSeats) March 21, 2012
How is LBJ #DPOY? It is sick. D12 is so imposing ppl give up driving and Iggy holds players to lost PER in league when guarding them
— Eric Cunningham (@ericblogsalot) March 21, 2012
LeBron might be the second person to ever win the MVP, DPOY, and Finals MVP in the same season (Hakeem)
— Harsimran Minhas (@Superman5190) March 21, 2012
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2. DWIGHT HOWARD, MAGIC @DwightHoward
When @DwightHoward can guard DRose on one play and Joakim Noah on the next, I will consider him a better defender than @KingJames. # DPOY
— Manu M. (@ManuBMenon) March 21, 2012
— LOVEandHATEHOOPS (@LOVEHATEHOOPS) March 21, 2012
— Osman (@azzyosman) March 21, 2012
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3. ANDRE IGUODALA, SIXERS
@NBAonESPN Great spot for Iggy. One of the very few perimeter defenders in the league who you can trust to defend LBJ one on one. #DPOY
— Tony Parsons (@Tony_Parsons7) March 21, 2012
— Michael Welte (@Mwelte22) March 21, 2012
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4. SERGE IBAKA, THUNDER
Sorry, but Serge Ibaka should not be in the top five in DPOY voting.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_SI) March 21, 2012
#DPOY Serge Ibaka leds bpg, and averages 8 rpg. But what really matters about him is his intimidation. Rivals fear a block n don't penetrate
— Will Ruiz Durán (@Pkt64) March 21, 2012
— G.A. (@Geezy_86) March 21, 2012
There's no way that Allen/Ibaka = more dominant defensive force than Iguodala.Iguodala quarterbacks the best defense in the league #DPOY
— Jay Beware (@jaybeware) March 21, 2012
DPOY Ibaka may lead the league in blocks, but no player avoids the paint cause of him ...
— O-town Magic (@mad_squabs) March 21, 2012
DPOY How is Ibaka not 1ST OR 2ND How? @NBAonESPN
— USAMAH(Bunkiπ) (@SlowGrindOs) March 21, 2012
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5. TONY ALLEN, GRIZZLIES
#DPOY @aa000G9 Has my vote for defensive player of the year. Defense is a mindset and Tony just has "it"
— Joey Piacenti (@joeypiacenti) March 21, 2012
Tony Allen was one of the reasons the Celtics were so good he can guard anybody without difficulty in this league #DPOY wish we had him still.
— Cam Yotch (@camyotch) March 21, 2012
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What is #DPOY?
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Maurice Brooks is an NBA editor at ESPN.com. Follow Maurice on Twitter: @MoBrooksESPN.