Draymond Green has come so close to winning Defensive Player of the Year in the past, but 2016/17 could finally be his chance to overtake the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard.
The past two seasons, the Golden State Warriors star has lost out in the voting to Leonard, but this campaign has seen a change in the opening month.
Kawhi's defence has been somewhat lacklustre as he continues to have a bigger role in the team's offence, while Green's defence has improved with his input of scoring diminishing following the introduction of Kevin Durant.
Draymond's impact is still felt in other aspects of the game; he leads the franchise in rebounds (8.6), steals (2.1) and blocks (1.8) and he was crucial in prolonging their winning streak during last night's game with the Atlanta Hawks.
Green produced two clutch blocks in the final minute, one on Dennis Schroder and one on Kent Bazemore, as the Warriors continued their winning run - their current 16-2 has them on track to go 73-9 once again.
And his two blocks should come as no surprise. The Michigan State alum has been on his A-game all season and has limited opponents to a combined 30% field goal rate when defending one-on-one at the perimeter or in the post.
Green always finds ways to influence the game, and while the Warriors' defence is not as strong as last season, he has stepped up and had the desired impact following the departure of Andrew Bogut.
The 26-year-old always plays with a chip on his shoulder. This campaign is no different.