The Best Defensive Players in NBA History

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21 Alonzo Mourning

Wow. If you've seen this guy play defense, then you know why he's on the list. He's also got 2 DPotY awards to show for it.

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22 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.

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23 Maurice Lucas
24 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

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25 Nate Thurmond Nate Thurmond

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.

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 Michael Cooper

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.

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28 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 ...read 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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29 Andrew Bogut Andrew Bogut
30 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

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31 Clyde Drexler Clyde Drexler
32 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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33 Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. V 3 Comments
34 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

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35 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

36 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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37 Bill Walton

For a couple of years...probably the best player I ever saw.

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38 Serge Ibaka V 1 Comment
39 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.

40 Kurt Rambis

Come on how was he not on before

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