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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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223 84
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs

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210 95
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

3
109 54
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

4
75 32
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Patrick Beverley Los Angeles Clippers

5
76 33
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

6
95 52
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

7
84 49
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls

8
57 29
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Andre Roberson Oklahoma City Thunder

9
58 30
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

10
53 28
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Tony Allen New Orleans Pelicans

11
42 21
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Marcus Smart Boston Celtics

12
110 80
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors

13
42 22
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added John Wall

14
78 53
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chris Paul Houston Rockets

15
49 29
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder

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33 17
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

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31 16
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Jae Crowder

18
26 14
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Joel Embiid

19
30 18
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Mike Conley, Jr.

20
32 21
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Steven Adams

21
12 2
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Tom Amey added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

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21 12
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Myles Turner

23
29 20
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Danny Green San Antonio Spurs

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23 15
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Clint Capela

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23 16
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Andre Drummond

26
61 55
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors

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25 19
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Robert Covington Philadelphia 76ers

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25 20
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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20 15
Eric Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Eric Bledsoe

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14 9
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Trevor Ariza Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

31
89 88
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

32
60 58
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

33
22 18
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Serge Ibaka

34
17 13
Elfrid Payton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Elfrid Payton

35
19 16
P. J. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added P. J. Tucker Toronto Raptors

36
17 14
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Kristaps Porzingis

37
17 14
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Karl-anthony Towns

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13 11
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Ricky Rubio

39
11 9
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Bismack Biyombo

40
10 8
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Jusuf Nurkić

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8 6
Dejounte Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Dejounte Murray

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7 5
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Rondae Hollis-jefferson

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7 5
Tyler Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Tyler Johnson

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16 15
Thon Maker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Thon Maker

45
26 27
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

46
9 8
Thabo Sefolosha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Thabo Sefolosha Chicago Bulls

47
15 15
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added DeMarcus Cousins

48
14 14
Kent Bazemore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Kent Bazemore

49
6 5
Al-Farouq Aminu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Al-Farouq Aminu

50
5 4
Terrence Ross is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Terrence Ross