Current Celtic Avery Bradley not only hopes to be the second player in franchise history to take home the award, but the first guard to win it since "The Glove" Gary Payton 20 years ago.
"That’s my goal: To be Defensive Player of the Year," Bradley told reporters at a community event in Belmont on Monday, according to CBS Boston. "I feel like it’s possible for me if I go out there with the right mindset."
The 25-year-old finished sixth in voting for the award in 2015-16, while also making the All-Defensive first team for the first time in his career. He averaged a career high 1.5 steals in 33.4 minutes per game, along with 15.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 44.7 percent shooting.