The Best Defensive Players in NBA History

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21 Bruce Bowen

The guy is good. He completely stopped Lebron James in the 2007 finals. Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, and even Dirk Nowitzki say that he is the most irritating guy to defend them.

Bruce Bowen was born to defend. He couldn't much of anything else, but man could he put a lockdown on players.

Bruce had as good defense as Jordan but was better because he never got caught with his cheating. He disrupted people so well.

Locked up LeBron and Dirk. Who else can say that

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22 Jerry West Jerry West Jerry Alan West is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

Should be ranked higher than Jordan and kobe but not higher than payton all time in defense. Some folks need to go back to AP NBA History and get their facts straight. This guy was the best defensive guard besides Payton and maybe a case can be made for some that aren't even on this list.

Steals were not recorded during his playing days, but he is likely in the top 3 all-time.

23 Tony Allen Tony Allen Anthony "Tony" Allen is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association.

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.

1st team all defense


24 Maurice Lucas
25 Dwyane Wade Dwyane Wade Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

Most blocks in history for a guard! Enough said!

Not really but if you say so

Amazing Player! Best Ever!

26 Sidney Moncrief

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.

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27 David Robinson David Robinson David Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association for his entire career.

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.

28 Steve Nash Steve Nash Stephen John Nash, is a Canadian retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association.

Best Ole defender as he would just let people go right past him all the time

No he is good.

The goat

29 Draymond Green Draymond Green

With consistent defensive performance, he should be in the top 20 by the end of the 2015-2016 season.

Good defensive player, high basketball IQ allows him to read plays and be in good position to try and stop them. Hustles to make defensive plays.

I'm ready for Vince Carter to poster his trash talking self and maybe get him to shut up once and for all. Steph and Klay are what make your team lol

Today he maube the best defender both help.and individual.defense. he can guard anyone in the nba right now..

30 Clyde Drexler Clyde Drexler
31 John Stockton John Stockton John Houston Stockton is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire professional playing career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association, from 1984 to 2003. Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, holding the NBA more.

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.

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32 Andrew Bogut Andrew Bogut
33 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

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 say

The only player other than Rodman to stop Akeem.

34 Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He was MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals.

Why is he even on this list? LOL can't be serious. This guy can score and that's it!

Living Legend

He's the bes playa ever to pla the game that's y he's the goat

35 Mark Eaton

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?

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36 Chris Paul Chris Paul Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

One of the toughest defenders at the guard position

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38 James Harden James Harden James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

James is a great defender

This guy should be #1 - b4tm4n333

39 Brian Scalabrine

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 guarded

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40 Larry Bird Larry Bird Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Bird is a 3x champ, 1x ROTY, 1x Finals MVP, 3x 3PT Contest winner, all with the Boston Celtics. (1979-1992)

He's so good he was in a McDonalds advert with Jordan

A brilliant all rounder, should be much higher

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