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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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539 220
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs

2
279 145
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

3
274 144
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder

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297 160
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

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409 262
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

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115 47
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Joel Embiid

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249 151
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Andre Roberson Oklahoma City Thunder

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222 132
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

9
229 138
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls

10
194 118
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Marcus Smart Boston Celtics

11
154 92
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Steven Adams

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179 117
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Patrick Beverley Los Angeles Clippers

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160 103
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Tom Amey added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

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137 91
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

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177 131
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chris Paul Houston Rockets

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161 120
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

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209 172
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors

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128 100
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Tony Allen New Orleans Pelicans

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93 68
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Robert Covington Philadelphia 76ers

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91 67
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

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89 65
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Clint Capela

The Top Current NBA Players

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165 157
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

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95 84
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added John Wall

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69 57
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Andre Drummond

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65 57
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Serge Ibaka

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106 105
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors

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65 62
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Kristaps Porzingis

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56 52
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added DeMarcus Cousins

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70 73
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Danny Green San Antonio Spurs

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55 56
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Victor Oladipo Oklahoma City Thunder

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68 75
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Jae Crowder

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61 67
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Mike Conley, Jr.

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43 46
Trevor Ariza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Trevor Ariza Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

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31 31
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
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51 57
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Karl-anthony Towns

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46 52
P. J. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added P. J. Tucker Toronto Raptors

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43 49
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Myles Turner

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34 38
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Jusuf Nurkić

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31 37
Aaron Gordon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Aaron Gordon

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31 39
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Jrue Holiday New Orleans Pelicans

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46 60
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Gordon Hayward Utah Jazz

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35 45
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Ricky Rubio

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54 72
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

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30 39
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs

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34 45
George Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
George Hill Utah Jazz

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43 58
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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30 40
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors

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37 51
Eric Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Eric Bledsoe

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30 41
Larry Nance Jr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
TRENT13 added Larry Nance Jr.

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35 49
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks