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The Best Current NBA Defenders

Updated October 19, 2021 75k votes 9.9k voters 121.9k views91 items

List RulesVote up the best defenders in the league today.

Who are the best defenders currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the best defensive players playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. The highly skilled NBA players on this list can make or break a team's performance on the court. They are hustle players who lock down their man outside the perimeter and inside the paint. These DPOY candidates are experts at stealing the ball and drawing charges. Who is the best defender in the NBA right now?

The top defensive players who are currently playing in the NBA are certainly among the current NBA players with top overall ratings, too. Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James come to mind immediately. As do Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons on the right night.

Vote for the current great players who you think are the most important on defense, key players for their respective teams. You can also re-rank this list of NBA defenders in any order you want. Check out these lists of best current shot blockers and best current scorers, along with the best (worst) NBA floppers playing today.

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