Vote: Defensive Player of the Year

Believe it or not, we are halfway through another NBA season. Cast your vote on who is leading the pack.

Updated: January 23, 2003, 8:00 PM ET

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.

CANDIDATES FOR NBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ron Artest
GF
Indiana Pacers
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
G FG% 3P% RPG APG PTS
37 .451 .381 5.5 2.8 15.9
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
SG
Los Angeles Lakers
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
G FG% 3P% RPG APG PTS
24 17 .585 4 2nd 2nd
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
FC
San Antonio Spurs
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
G FG% FT% RPG APG PTS
40 .494 .689 12.4 3.4 23.5
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
SG
Sacramento Kings
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
G FG% 3P% RPG APG PTS
40 .470 .377 4.1 4.7 10.9
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
FC
Detroit Pistons
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
G FG% FT% RPG APG PTS
38 .493 .454 15.1 1.6 6.5
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.

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