The Best Defensive Players in NBA History

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41 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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42 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

43 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.
44 Tristan Thompson

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

45 Josh Smith
46 Mo Cheeks

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

47 Grant Hill
48 Tayshaun Prince
49 K.C. Jones

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

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50 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
51 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

52 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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53 Kwame Brown


54 Iman Shumpert
55 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!

56 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

57 Manute Bol

An excellent shot blocker.

Weighed approximately 2 pounds

58 Elvin Hayes

87.6 defensive rating in 1974-75, which is the second highest single season rating ever, behind only Ben Wallace

59 Jason Terry

Easily top 3 defender all Time

Why is he on the list?

60 Joakim Noah Joakim Noah Joakim Simon Noah is a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

Outstanding blocker hustles every play

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