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The NBA Best Defenders of All Time  
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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward Dennis Keith Rodman is a retired American professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the ...more

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Hakeem Olajuwon Center Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National ...more

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Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Scottie Pippen Small forward Scottie Maurice Pippen is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. Nicknamed "Pip", he is most remembered for his time with ...more

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Bill Russell Center William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to ...more

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Gary Payton Point guard Gary Dwayne Payton is an American former professional basketball point guard. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, and holds Seattle franchise records in points, ...more

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte ...more

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Dikembe Mutombo Center Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo, commonly referred to as Dikembe Mutombo, is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the ...more

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Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Ben Wallace Power forward, Center Ben Camey Wallace is a retired American professional basketball player. A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union University and signed with the ...more

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Kevin Garnett Power forward Kevin Garnett was born in May 19, 1976 in Maulding, SC. He's a professional basket player for the NBA's Boston Celtics Team. His career began when he was drafted (5th Draft) by the Minnesota ...more

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Jason Adams added Kawhi Leonard Shooting guard, Small forward Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. Leonard, a 6 ft 7 in, 230 lb small forward, played college ...more

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
David Robinson Center David Robinson is the father of American Football player Corey Robinson.

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. The ...more

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Gary Thompson added Wilt Chamberlain Center Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA; ...more

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Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Metta World Peace Small forward Metta World Peace is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Pallacanestro Cantù of the Italian League. He was known as Ron Artest before legally changing his ...more

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Alonzo Mourning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Alonzo Mourning Center Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player, who played most of his 15-year NBA career for the Miami Heat. Nicknamed "Zo", Mourning played at ...more

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Bruce Bowen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Bruce Bowen Shooting guard, Small forward Bruce E. Bowen Jr. is an American former professional basketball player. Bowen played small forward and graduated from Edison High School and Cal State Fullerton. He went on to play for the ...more

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Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Critter bitter added Draymond Green Draymond Green is a Forward for the Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team.

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for ...more

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. During his ...more

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high ...more

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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Tom Derr added Patrick Ewing Center Patrick Aloysius Ewing, Sr. is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player. He played most of his career with the NBA's New York Knicks as their starting center and played briefly ...more

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Shaquille O'Neal Center Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is an American retired professional basketball player, former rapper, actor and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Standing 7 ft ...more

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Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Michael Cooper Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward Michael Jerome Cooper is an American basketball coach, currently serving as head coach of the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA, and retired professional player. Prior to joining Atlanta, he coached the ...more

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lb, he has started ...more

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Stefano Stilt Terrasi added Julius Erving Small forward Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ...more

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Gary Thompson added Manute Bol Center Manute Bol was a Sudanese-born basketball player and political activist. At 7 ft 7 in tall, he was one of the tallest men ever to play in the National Basketball Association, along with Gheorghe ...more

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Since retiring as a player, he has been a mainstay ...more

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Tom Derr added Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward Charles Wade Barkley is a retired American professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Nicknamed "Chuck", "Sir Charles", and ...more

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
pippopli added Moses Malone Power forward, Center Moses Eugene Malone is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player who starred in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. A three-time NBA MVP ...more

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Mark Eaton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Gary Thompson added Mark Eaton Center Mark E. Eaton is a retired American professional basketball player who was a member of the NBA's Utah Jazz from 1982 to 1993, with one NBA All-Star selection in 1989, and two NBA Defensive ...more

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Wilt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Walt Frazier Point guard Walter "Clyde" Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two ...more

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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Jason Kidd Point guard Jason Frederick Kidd is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. Previously a point guard ...more

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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Kentrell Mcduffie added Grant Hill Small forward Grant Henry Hill is a retired American basketball player. Hill played for four teams in his professional career in the National Basketball Association; the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, ...more

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Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Maurice Cheeks Point guard Maurice Edward "Mo" Cheeks is an American retired professional basketball player. He was previously an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the head coach of the ...more

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Magic Johnson Point guard, Power forward Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. ...more

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Jimi Palmatary added Kevin Love Power forward, Center Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a three-time All-Star and holds the ...more