The Best Defensive Players in NBA History
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Come on men, he is the best defensive player in the league today
Kobe said he was the best defender he ever played against, not Lebron, not Leonard, not Artest, but Tony Allen.V2 Comments
YOU GONNA SAY HE AIN'T #1 HE LOCKED UP Lebron in the finals and took finals MVP and his huge hands and long wingspan makes him such a great defender. Also the stats prove it lead the league in steals in the 2015 NBA seasonand can play monster defense both off and on the ball!
Best Defensive Player in this era! Hands Down!V2 Comments
Best Ole defender as he would just let people go right past him all the timeV2 Comments
Here lies the greatest defensive player of all-time. Ask ANY center that played against him and you will hear them all say Nate was the toughest. Only man able to block Kareem's sky hook. First man to record a quadruple double and would have had many more if blocks were recorded in his time. Even at 35, when he played against Celts in eastern finals in 76, Cowens said it was like having a curtain in front of him.
First player to win the DPotY award! And he wouldn't allow somebody else to become the DPotY until he got himself 2 in a row.V1 Comment
Toughest defender according to Larry Bird.
On the 1980's "Showtime" Lakers, his job was to stop the young MJ, and he did a great job.V1 Comment
Stockton always seem to be underrated in these kind of lists. Unfortunately, that's what you get for not trash talking, not showboating, and making simple and effective decisions. He can't afford to be wasteful at his size.
Absolutely loved watching John's explosive basketball playing! No better ball stealer!
How is Stock not higher?!?!? All time steals leader? That is ALL heart and hustle.V2 Comments
While Shaq has never won the DPotY award, he has been named to the NBA All-Defensive 2nd team 3 times. I personally think his ability to defend is matched by very few others.
He's just a beast that's all I can sayV1 Comment
5.56 Blocks per Game! Maybe Russell had more, but nobody has had higher numbers since the records have been kept
What! Lebron and Wade over one of the greates shot-blockers in history?V1 Comment
One of the toughest defenders at the guard position
He's so good he was in a McDonalds advert with Jordan
A brilliant all rounder, should be much higherV1 Comment
For a couple of years...probably the best player I ever saw.V1 Comment
DpotY, that season he had 4.5 blocks per game to go along with 2.3 steals per game, and yes that is an all-time NBA record for Bpg + Spg in a season (not counting Wilt and Russel). Consistently around 3.5 Bpg and 1.6 Spg for 6 other seasons. Really should be around #10-11 ahead of easily ahead of Lebron, Kobe, Garnet, Jerry West, Bruce Bowen, Wade, and Nash... and probably Moses Malone and Artest as well
DPotY 91-92, in that year he averaged 4.5 Bpg + 2.3 Spg which is all-time NBA record for Bpg + Spg in a season (not counting Wilt and Russel). Also averaged 3.5 Bpg + 1.6 Spg for the OTHER 6 of his first 7 seasons. Really should be around #10-11.
Come on how was he not on before
This dude was a joke, I'm sure his name being here is a joke, but seriously this guy couldn't defend a statue
The best defender I've ever seen play. The real GOAT
The White Mamba is the greatest player to ever step on a basketball court, he singlehandedly carried the Celtics to the finals and carried them the whole series, he also locked down every player he guardedV3 Comments
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