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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701 300
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs

2
407 212
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

3
423 223
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

4
534 317
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

5
319 180
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls

6
238 171
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Tom Amey added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

7
278 213
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors

8
224 166
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chris Paul Houston Rockets

9
213 162
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

10
125 88
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Robert Covington Philadelphia 76ers

11
143 130
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors

12
88 71
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Victor Oladipo Oklahoma City Thunder

13
192 195
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

14
64 50
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Jrue Holiday New Orleans Pelicans

The Best Current NBA Centers

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86 89
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Danny Green San Antonio Spurs

16
49 60
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks

17
42 51
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
arnas added Luc Mbah a Moute

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46 61
George Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
George Hill Utah Jazz

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59 83
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Gordon Hayward Utah Jazz

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40 59
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors

21
35 52
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs

22
65 106
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

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25 44
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets

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25 47
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Thaddeus Young Indiana Pacers

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20 46
Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Rodney Hood Utah Jazz

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15 41
Solomon Hill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Solomon Hill New Orleans Pelicans

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1 12
Matthew Maguire is listed (or ranked) 27 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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11 48
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Cody Zeller Charlotte Hornets