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List Rules Only current NBA Defenders. No retired or collegiate players.

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. Check out these lists of best current shot blockers and best current scorers, along with the best (worst) NBA floppers playing today. Having a lockdown defender gives any NBA team a huge advantage.

The top defensive players who are currently playing in the NBA are certainly among the overall top current NBA players too (Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James come to mind immediately). 

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.

Vote for the current defensive players that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of NBA defenders in any order you want.

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321 108
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs

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2
274 128
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

3
141 74
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

4
148 81
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

5
115 63
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

6
97 50
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Marcus Smart Boston Celtics

7
102 56
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Andre Roberson Oklahoma City Thunder

8
111 64
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Patrick Beverley Los Angeles Clippers

9
86 47
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder

10
119 74
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls

11
52 22
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Tom Amey added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

12
61 32
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Steven Adams

13
141 107
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors

14
104 75
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chris Paul Houston Rockets

15
75 51
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

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77 54
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Tony Allen New Orleans Pelicans

17
62 42
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added John Wall

18
47 31
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

19
45 32
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Mike Conley, Jr.

20
46 33
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Danny Green San Antonio Spurs

21
38 27
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Clint Capela

22
43 33
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Robert Covington Philadelphia 76ers

23
36 26
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Kristaps Porzingis

24
43 34
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Jae Crowder

25
77 70
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors

26
78 73
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

27
35 28
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Andre Drummond

28
109 107
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

29
11 3
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Joel Embiid

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28 23
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added DeMarcus Cousins

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36 32
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Serge Ibaka

32
23 18
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Trevor Ariza Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

33
28 25
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Myles Turner

34
28 25
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Karl-anthony Towns

35
31 29
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Gordon Hayward Utah Jazz

36
33 32
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Victor Oladipo Oklahoma City Thunder

37
21 19
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Ricky Rubio

38
27 26
P. J. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added P. J. Tucker Toronto Raptors

39
26 26
Eric Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Eric Bledsoe

40
36 39
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

41
30 33
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

42
22 25
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks

43
11 12
Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Robin Lopez Phoenix Suns

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22 26
Elfrid Payton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Elfrid Payton

45
8 9
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
arnas added Luc Mbah a Moute

46
16 19
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Bismack Biyombo

47
15 18
Aaron Gordon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Aaron Gordon

48
15 18
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets

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11 13
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Rondae Hollis-jefferson

50
22 27
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics