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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1,091 382
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

2
657 323
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

3
658 333
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

4
771 422
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

5
486 291
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chicago Bulls

6
427 252
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
markmoran added Oklahoma City Thunder

7
410 240
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
bkapels483 added Oklahoma City Thunder

8
422 263
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Brendon C. Moore added Boston Celtics

9
205 131
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oklahoma City Thunder

10
420 331
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

11
223 151
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Philadelphia 76ers

12
174 106
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

13
410 342
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Tom Amey added Cleveland Cavaliers

14
315 251
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Houston Rockets

15
320 259
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

16
240 183
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

17
88 41
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
SanctumGamingQ added

18
144 122
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oscar7736 added

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156 137
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

20
101 99
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
arnas added

21
262 306
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oklahoma City Thunder

22
90 116
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Toronto Raptors

23
41 55
Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
dasd added

24
82 117
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Atlanta Hawks

26
98 164
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

27
64 109
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

28
64 129
George Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

29
38 93
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Indiana Pacers

30
10 38
Gary Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chase1 added

31
101 234
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

32
39 113
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Charlotte Hornets

33
33 107
Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

34
27 96
Solomon Hill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

35
26 103
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Charlotte Hornets

36
16 78
Matthew Maguire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
JackBullock added Matthew Maguire

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