The Best Defensive Players in NBA History

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41 Oscar Robertson Oscar Robertson Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.
42 Bill Walton

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

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43 Kurt Rambis

Come on how was he not on before

44 Grant Hill

Before he hurt his ankle he was great. Watch YouTube videos of him.

45 Dwight Howard Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

Excellent shot blocker and excellent dunk and layup. Probably the best Center ever

How is he down here?! He is awesome at blocking - qwee

46 Kwame Brown


47 Tristan Thompson

He can make you have no where to go on the court!

48 Josh Smith Josh Smith
49 Mo Cheeks

How on earth is Mo not AT LEAST top 30! I got him at around 22

50 Tayshaun Prince
51 K.C. Jones

He's OD- Original Defender, and excelled at it

I was scrolling the list ready to add Mr. Jones. Thanks to whoever did - Billyv

52 Allen Iverson Allen Iverson Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. V 1 Comment
53 John Wall John Wall

He's young, but he's already good shot blocker. Many steals per game. If he stays healthy, then he'll be Top 10 defender of all time

54 John Havlicek John Havlicek John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons.

Eliminated guys from the floor to the point where they simply would not get the ball. He never got tired and could lockdown for the whole game while scoring 20 or more every night

An anchor on the great Celtics teams one of the best defenders on the teams that featured Bill Russell

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55 Ron Harper

Very underrated defender, definitely an all time great when it comes to defense

56 Dave Cowens
57 Iman Shumpert
58 Dennis Johnson

6 � - first team 3 � - second team...ask magic johnson...see 79 ' finals

59 Lindsey Hunter

One of the best full court defensive pressure on a ball handler ever, right there with Payton and MJ for this. Very unique player, changed the course of many series just with this amazing defense, and kept himself in the league contending for titles for many years despite doing almost nothing on offense.

Just watch game film of him in DET against Miami on Wade and the other series against Parker and so on. The guy was incredible! It went unnoticed bescause he didn't get the playing time!

60 Shawn Marion

This is bull. He should be in the top 10. He shut down lebron in the finals

The guy is a Swiss army knife he does it all

Marion top 10? No way... Bowen before him

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