NBA The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time  

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The NBA Best Defenders of All Time  
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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Bill Russell Center

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time

3
+ - 103 61
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time

5
+ - 78 46
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Gary Payton Point guard

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+ - 98 63
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Scottie Pippen Small forward

7
+ - 51 25
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Kawhi Leonard Shooting guard, Small forward

8
+ - 113 78
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward

9
+ - 71 43
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Ben Wallace Power forward, Center

10
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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Kevin Garnett Power forward

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+ - 50 39
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center

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+ - 34 28
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

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+ - 37 35
Bruce Bowen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Bruce Bowen Shooting guard, Small forward

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+ - 34 32
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

19
+ - 34 35
Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Michael Cooper Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

20
+ - 31 32
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Metta World Peace Small forward

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+ - 30 32
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Julius Erving Small forward

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

23
+ - 14 16
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time

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+ - 23 28
Alonzo Mourning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time

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+ - 14 17
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Patrick Ewing Center

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Moses Malone Power forward, Center

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Wilt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Wilt

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+ - 31 43
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Grant Hill Small forward

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Manute Bol Center

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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Walt Frazier Point guard

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

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+ - 10 19
Mark Eaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Mark Eaton Center

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+ - 13 24
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Jason Kidd Point guard

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+ - 10 23
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Maurice Cheeks Point guard

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+ - 13 37
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Magic Johnson Point guard, Power forward

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+ - 5 39
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Kevin Love Power forward, Center