The Best Defensive Players in NBA History
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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 thatV 4 Comments
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.
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
FIRST TEAM ALL DEFENSE!
Most blocks in history for a guard! Enough said!
Not really but if you say so
Amazing Player! Best Ever!
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.V 1 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.
Best Ole defender as he would just let people go right past him all the time
No he is good.
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..
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.V 2 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 say
The only player other than Rodman to stop Akeem.
Why is he even on this list? LOL
LOL...you can't be serious. This guy can score and that's it!
He's the bes playa ever to pla the game that's y he's the goat
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?V 1 Comment
One of the toughest defenders at the guard position
James is a great defender
This guy should be #1 - b4tm4n333
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 guardedV 3 Comments
He's so good he was in a McDonalds advert with Jordan
A brilliant all rounder, should be much higherV 1 Comment
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