Ranking Dwight Howard and the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Candidates

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Ranking Dwight Howard and the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Candidates
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The Defensive Player of the Year award has turned into the Dwight Howard show over the past three seasons. This year, it's essentially a two-man race, but more candidates have emerged to challenge Howard's dominance as the NBA's best defender.

Chalk it up to offensive fatigue due to the the lockout and shortened schedule or maybe just the old "defense wins championships" mantra, but there are some engaged folks on the defensive end of the court this season.

Since Orlando currently boasts the award, it will be tough to pry it from Dwight's hands. But this is the best year for an upset in the announcement, and here are the top 10 candidates to give the trophy a new home for the upcoming season.

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