The Best Defensive Players in NBA History

The guys who weren't just flashy scorers (if at all) but really knew how to intimidate an offense.

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61 Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Jamar Thomas is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.
62 Kevin McHale Kevin McHale

Should be much much higher.

63 LaMarcus Aldridge
64 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!

65 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

66 Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association.

He sucks on defense I hate Carmelo I mean I don't know what is worse his hair or his defense

One of the worst defenders ever just like James Harden

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67 Manute Bol

An excellent shot blocker.

Weighed approximately 2 pounds

68 Elvin Hayes

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

69 Jason Terry

Easily top 3 defender all Time

Why is he on the list?

70 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

71 Yao Ming
72 M. L. Carr
73 Shane Battier

Great job defending Kobe and he is the master of the charge. This guy is the best ever at taking the charge or at least tied with Bill Limber

Ultimate team player who always sprinted back to play d and boxed out. Also took a ton of charges

74 Stephen Curry Stephen Curry
75 Jimmy Butler Jimmy Butler
76 Paul George Paul George Paul George is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association.
77 Klay Thompson Klay Thompson Klay Alexander Thompson is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.
78 Marc Gasol
79 Gordon Hayward Gordon Hayward Gordon Daniel Hayward is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.
80 Karl Malone Karl Malone Karl Anthony Malone is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The MailMan", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Utah Jazz and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton.
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