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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1,171 392
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

2
704 340
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

3
697 351
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

4
806 448
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

5
464 265
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
markmoran added Oklahoma City Thunder

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516 304
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chicago Bulls

7
438 253
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
bkapels483 added Oklahoma City Thunder

8
446 279
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Brendon C. Moore added Boston Celtics

9
254 160
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Philadelphia 76ers

10
226 146
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oklahoma City Thunder

11
192 120
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

12
441 352
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

13
444 363
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Tom Amey added Cleveland Cavaliers

14
345 276
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

15
332 269
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Houston Rockets

16
257 200
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

17
104 51
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
SanctumGamingQ added

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172 145
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

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151 138
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oscar7736 added

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110 105
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
arnas added

21
277 326
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oklahoma City Thunder

22
97 135
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Toronto Raptors

23
91 128
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Atlanta Hawks

24
45 65
Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
dasd added

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106 178
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

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70 121
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

28
68 142
George Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

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40 103
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Indiana Pacers

30
12 48
Gary Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chase1 added

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105 252
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

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41 125
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Charlotte Hornets

33
30 104
Solomon Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

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34 117
Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

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20 87
Matthew Maguire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
JackBullock added Matthew Maguire

averages two blocks per game....strong when holds sandwiches....

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27 110
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Charlotte Hornets