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

2
548 269
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

3
560 282
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

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680 365
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

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417 245
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls

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370 214
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
markmoran added Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder

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341 201
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
bkapels483 added Andre Roberson Oklahoma City Thunder

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372 227
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Brendon C. Moore added Marcus Smart Boston Celtics

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130 72
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Jrue Holiday New Orleans Pelicans

10
182 121
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Robert Covington Philadelphia 76ers

11
364 289
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors

12
154 98
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Victor Oladipo Oklahoma City Thunder

13
349 281
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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280 222
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chris Paul Houston Rockets

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272 221
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

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202 162
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors

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50 17
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
SanctumGamingQ added Avery Bradley

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125 119
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Danny Green San Antonio Spurs

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239 263
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

20
81 75
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
arnas added Luc Mbah a Moute

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69 94
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks

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64 89
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors

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84 132
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Gordon Hayward Utah Jazz

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5 11
Gary Harris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chase1 added Gary Harris

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20 35
Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
dasd added Josh Richardson

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52 89
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs

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59 104
George Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
George Hill Utah Jazz

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33 79
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Thaddeus Young Indiana Pacers

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35 85
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets

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89 189
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

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29 83
Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Rodney Hood Utah Jazz

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21 75
Solomon Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Solomon Hill New Orleans Pelicans

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21 84
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Cody Zeller Charlotte Hornets

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9 52
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....