Athletes The Best Current NBA Defenders  

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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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976 358
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

2
594 286
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

3
597 301
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

4
716 386
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

5
444 260
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chicago Bulls

6
366 212
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
bkapels483 added Oklahoma City Thunder

7
388 228
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
markmoran added Oklahoma City Thunder

8
390 237
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Brendon C. Moore added Boston Celtics

9
149 82
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

10
391 303
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

11
179 111
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oklahoma City Thunder

12
196 132
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Philadelphia 76ers

13
380 303
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Tom Amey added Cleveland Cavaliers

14
297 231
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Houston Rockets

15
292 236
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

16
67 23
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
SanctumGamingQ added

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214 172
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

18
129 106
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oscar7736 added

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136 126
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

20
250 281
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oklahoma City Thunder

21
87 84
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
arnas added

22
75 102
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Atlanta Hawks

23
31 41
Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
dasd added

24
69 102
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Toronto Raptors

26
89 145
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

27
57 96
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

28
61 112
George Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

29
5 21
Gary Harris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chase1 added

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36 82
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Indiana Pacers

31
36 93
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Charlotte Hornets

32
91 202
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

33
30 90
Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

34
23 81
Solomon Hill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

35
24 88
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Charlotte Hornets

36
12 63
Matthew Maguire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
JackBullock added Matthew Maguire averages two blocks per game....strong when holds sandwiches....