Dimitris Diamantidis became the inaugural winner of the EuroLeague Best Defender Trophy in 2004-05.
Diamantidis repeated as the EuroLeague Best Defender in 2005-06 after recording a career-best 2.3 steals per game.
Diamantidis took his third straight Best Defender Trophy and won his first EuroLeague crown in 2006-07.
Diamantidis set a career-high with 5.3 rebounds per game in 2007-08 as he won the Best Defender award again.
In a feat that may never be matched, Diamantidis captured his fifth straight Best Defender Trophy in 2008-09.
CSKA Moscow's Victor Khryapa impacted games with rebounds, steals and blocks to become the 2009-10 EuroLeague Best Defender.
Diamantidis became the first man to win the EuroLeague MVP and Best Defender trophies in 2010-11.
2011-12 Best Defender Andrei Kirilenko led the league in both rebounds (7.5 rpg.) and blocks (1.9 bpg.).
Stephane Lasme of Panathinaikos was the EuroLeague runner-up in blocks when he was named EuroLeague Best Defender for 2012-13.
Bryant Dunston led the league with 1.3 blocks for Olympiacos in 2013-14 in taking home the Best Defender Trophy.
Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos was just the second player to repeat as EuroLeague Best Defender when he took the trophy in 2014-15.
Kyle Hines was named the 2015-16 EuroLeague Best Defender and then won the championship with CSKA Moscow.
In 2016-17, Adam Hanga became the first Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz player to win the Best Defender Trophy.
Kyle Hines became the third two-time EuroLeague Best Defender when he was chosen to receive the 2017-18 award.
Walter Tavares dominated with a league-best 1.7 blocks for Real Madrid to win the 2018-19 Best Defender Trophy.