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The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time  

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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
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
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
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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Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Jason Adams added Shooting guard, Small forward
Kawhi Anthony Leonard (born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played two seasons of ...more
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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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. He has also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, ...more
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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Center
David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for ...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 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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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Brian Short added Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward
Anthony Allen (born January 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time ...more
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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Brian Short added Center
Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel (born June 26, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the French national ...more
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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Tom Derr added 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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Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Critter bitter added Power forward
Draymond Jamal Green Sr. (born March 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Green, who plays primarily ...more
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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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) 22 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
pippopli added 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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Bruce Bowen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
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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John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Defensive Players of All Time
Brian Short added Point guard
John Houston Stockton is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire professional playing career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball ...more