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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1,078 379
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

2
649 319
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

3
650 332
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

4
763 418
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

5
481 286
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chicago Bulls

6
422 249
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
markmoran added Oklahoma City Thunder

7
405 237
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
bkapels483 added Oklahoma City Thunder

8
421 260
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Brendon C. Moore added Boston Celtics

9
204 129
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oklahoma City Thunder

10
222 149
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Philadelphia 76ers

11
418 329
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

12
172 104
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

13
408 339
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Tom Amey added Cleveland Cavaliers

14
320 255
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

15
314 250
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Houston Rockets

16
238 183
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

17
86 41
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
SanctumGamingQ added

18
144 118
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oscar7736 added

19
156 136
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

20
261 303
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oklahoma City Thunder

21
99 99
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
arnas added

22
88 115
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Toronto Raptors

23
82 116
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Atlanta Hawks

24
39 55
Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
dasd added

26
97 161
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

27
62 108
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

28
63 128
George Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

29
10 35
Gary Harris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chase1 added

30
38 93
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Indiana Pacers

31
39 109
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Charlotte Hornets

32
99 229
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

33
33 105
Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

34
27 94
Solomon Hill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

35
26 100
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Charlotte Hornets

36
16 75
Matthew Maguire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
JackBullock added Matthew Maguire

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