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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1,308 426
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

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781 386
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

3
765 393
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

4
561 299
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
markmoran added Oklahoma City Thunder

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875 519
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

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582 338
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chicago Bulls

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498 289
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
bkapels483 added Oklahoma City Thunder

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498 317
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Brendon C. Moore added Boston Celtics

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315 182
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Philadelphia 76ers

10
240 146
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

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266 174
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oklahoma City Thunder

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477 392
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

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497 420
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Tom Amey added Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

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387 319
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

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293 230
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

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359 305
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Houston Rockets

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128 76
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
SanctumGamingQ added

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205 160
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

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172 166
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oscar7736 added

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322 352
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Oklahoma City Thunder

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131 129
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
arnas added

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120 154
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Toronto Raptors

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68 81
Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
dasd added

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13 5
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Connor Norton added Philadelphia 76ers -

Philadelphia 76ers

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107 146
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Atlanta Hawks

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81 139
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
San Antonio Spurs

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114 207
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

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51 118
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Indiana Pacers

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22 65
Gary Harris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Chase1 added

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72 159
George Hill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

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121 289
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Golden State Warriors

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44 154
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Charlotte Hornets

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26 109
Matthew Maguire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
JackBullock added Matthew Maguire

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32 126
Solomon Hill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
New Orleans Pelicans

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36 137
Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Utah Jazz

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30 127
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Defenders
Charlotte Hornets