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

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476 243
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

3
455 233
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

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589 332
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

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

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Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Brendon C. Moore added Marcus Smart Boston Celtics

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Tom Amey added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors

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147 100
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Robert Covington Philadelphia 76ers

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247 196
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chris Paul Houston Rockets

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230 192
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

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94 60
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Jrue Holiday New Orleans Pelicans

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115 85
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Victor Oladipo Oklahoma City Thunder

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Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

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Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Danny Green San Antonio Spurs

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

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Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
arnas added Luc Mbah a Moute

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58 75
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks

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72 107
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Gordon Hayward Utah Jazz

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44 68
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs

The Top Current NBA Players

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George Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
George Hill Utah Jazz

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44 74
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors

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30 64
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets

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

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25 60
Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Rodney Hood Utah Jazz

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73 146
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

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Solomon Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Solomon Hill New Orleans Pelicans

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5 29
Matthew Maguire is listed (or ranked) 29 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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15 63
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Cody Zeller Charlotte Hornets