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5 Best Defenders At Every Position?

CENTERS:

1.Dwight Howard
2.Marc Gasol
3.Joakim Noah
4.Tyson Chandler
5.Tie-Andrew Bogut & Roy Hibbert

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POWER FORWARDS:

1.Tim Duncan
2.Serge Ibarka
3.Kevin Garnett
4.Josh Smith
5.Larry Sanders

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SMALL FORWARDS:

1.Lebron James
2.Andre Igoudala
3.Luol Deng
4.Tie-Shane Battier & Kawai Leonard
5.Kevin Durant

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SHOOTING GUARDS:

1.Tony Allen
2.Thabo Sefolosha
3.Kobe Bryant
4.Paul George
5.Dwayne Wade

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POINT GUARDS :

1.Chris Paul
2.Russell Westbrook
3.Rajon Rondo
4.Avery Bradley
5.Kirk Hinrich


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Paul George is a small

Paul George is a small forward, but you have some explaining to do ranking Kobe Bryant above him lol.

You have some explaining to do putting Kobe Bryant in the top five period. He's a horrible defender.

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Centers 1. Dwight Howard 2.

Centers
1. Dwight Howard
2. Marc Gasol
3. Tyson Chandler
4. Larry Sanders
5. Kevin Garnett

Power Forwards
1. Tim Duncan
2. Josh Smith
3. Serge Ibaka
4. Taj Gibson
5. Lamarcus Aldridge or Al Horford

Small Forwards(Definitely the Hardest Position)
1.Andre Igoudala
2. Lebron James
3. Andrei Kirilenko
4.Luol Deng
5.Paul George

Shooting Guards
1.Tony Allen
2. Thabo Sefolosha
3. Danny Green
4. Arron Afflalo
5. Dwyane Wade

Point Guards
1. Avery Bradley
2. Chris Paul
3.John Wall
4. Kirk Hinrich
5. Russell Westbrook or Eric Bledsoe

I compiled my list by not just looking at statistics because defense doesn't always show up in the stat sheet, but looking at everything.

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Sorry but no Noah at all is a

Sorry but no Noah at all is a traVesty

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Sorry but no Noah at all is a

Sorry but no Noah at all is a traVesty

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what about iman shumpert

what about iman shumpert

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I didn't add Iman to mine

I didn't add Iman to mine because he isn't fully back from injury yet, and he's not at the level he was as a rookie, but next year. He'd most definitely be in the top 5.

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Jimmy Buckets

After last night's performance, holding LeBron sub 50% (in conjunction with his other crazy games towards the end of the season), you can't have a SF defender list without Jimmy Butler. He can defend a player that some of the players on those lists can't touch.

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AMEN! and the fact that he

AMEN! and the fact that he can guard any 2 or 3 in the League. He usually guards DWade when Luol is playing. He's a great defender.

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5 best defenders

Center
1. Kevin Garnett
2. Joakim Noah
3. Dwight Howard
4. Tim Duncan
5. Tyson Chandler

Power Forward
1. Larry Sanders
2. Serge Ibaka
3. Josh Smith
4. Amir Johnson
5. Nick Collison

Small Forward
1. Lebron James
2. Andre Igoudala
3. Paul George
4. Kawhi Leonard
5. Nicolas Batum

Shooting Guard
1. Tony Allen
2. Avery Bradley
3. Iman Shumpert
4. Thabo Sefolosha
5. Jimmy Butler

Point Guard
1. Russell Westbrook
2. Rajon Rondo
3. Chris Paul
4. Kirk Hinrich
5. Eric Bledsoe

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Finally, someone lists both

Finally, someone lists both Duncan and KG as Centers.

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Thats a great list. I have

Thats a great list. I have no major problems and would actually only switch one or two guys.

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Jimmy Butler is Earning

Jimmy Butler is Earning himself a Nice Bump in Pay in his 2nd Contract, with his Outstanding Defensive play....

@Indy, U are right Paul George is a small forward, but the Pacers start him at shooting guard....

I some hear people say Mike Conley has improved alot on that end..

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Actually no...

Actually no Paul George has starting at SF all year with Granger out. Lance "Born Ready" Stephenson has been their starting 2 most of the year. So George is a small forward.

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Problem with a list like this

Problem with a list like this is deffensive positions don't always match what a guy plays on offence.

Bradley can deffend either guard unbelievably well. Where as Paul is most likely always going to pick up the point.

Timmy and KG can guard both C and PF.

A guy like Tony Allen finds the best player that is somewhat close to his size and picks him up.

Some guys guard one possition very well. Some guys can guard 2 or 3 possitions.

Dennis Rodman could guard all 5.

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That's true

That's true but to me being able to guard multiple positions just makes you a better defender. This list is about the top 5 defenders of players at their main positions. While KG can defend both 4s and 5s he's been playing center for majority of his minutes the last couple years so he's a center. Players here will be listed in their main position in order of who is the best defender regardless if they can guard other positions too, its about what position they play not who they can guard. Being able to guard multiple positions is just a plus to how good some defenders are. Which is why guys like Lebron, George, KG, Bradley and Allen are high on these lists.

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Fair enough. But again, what

Fair enough. But again, what if a player has 2 main positions he guards? Does he go in top 5 at 2 positions if he is that good?

Assuming Rondo is around for example - Bradley plays 2 guard / usually picks up the point guard unless the shooting guard is a top tier scorer (let's say Wade).

I honestly would put Bradley top 5 at both point guard and shooting guard.

Not to harp on semantics here, which I know I am, but sometimes it can't be as simple as we'd like it to be.

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I get...

I get what your saying but your missing my point. The ranking are top 5 for the position the players plays not who they defend. Which is why Lebron is in the SFs even though he guards every position. He guarded Noah last night but you wouldn't put him in the top 5 centers he'd be SF which is what he plays. Same with bradley he primarily plays the 2 when Rondo is around which is why I put him in 2 guards and so on.

So basically this ranking is top 5 defenders for each position that player plays not who they can defend because if it was who they could defend I'd put Lebron top 5 for PG, SG, SF and PF lol.

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Rubio

I think he needs some consideration for top 5. He does what all good defenders do, bothers and makes it difficult to score. Also he is a lead leader in steals, and I would not be suprised if he leads the league in steals next year. Off the top of my head I believe he was second to CP3 in steals per game, and he wasn't healthy for a good portion of them. And not to mention his length and big hands and he plays the passing lanes.

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I'm going to post my list as

I'm going to post my list as soon as I get a chance, but I'm surprised nobody is mentioning Mike Conley.

He defends just as well as Chris Paul IMO. He had a higher defensive rating than Paul and he had more defensive win shares. Even when it comes to stealing the ball, Conley is close with 2.2 compared to Paul's 2.4.

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Howard

Several people listed Howard as the best defensive Center. Have you watched him play defense this year? He can not be listed number 1 the way he defends PnR. He gives about as much effort as Carlos Boozer does, never steps up/hedges, and the ball handler is given a wide open mid range look. Perhaps he still has some difficulties with movement and everything but no way he is #1.

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Remember when Ronnie Brewer

Remember when Ronnie Brewer was considered a top-5 wing defender? Now he's glued to the OKC bench.

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Yeah, I don't understand why

Yeah, I don't understand why Scott Brooks is playing DeAndre Liggins but not Brewer? Brewer has FAR better defensive skills and he has a lot of playoff experience.... I don't get it

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Hibbert and Gasol need some

Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol need some mention as far as top defensive centers go this season.

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Chris Paul is not the #1

Chris Paul is not the #1 defender out the PG's. It's either Russell Westbrook or Rajon Rondo. I don't consider Avery Bradley a pg just yet.

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Centers: 1. Joakim Noah 2.

Centers:
1. Joakim Noah
2. Dwight Howard
3. Tyson Chandler
4. Kevin Garnett
5. Marc Gasol/Roy Hibbert

Power Forwards:
1. Tim Duncan
2. Serge Ibaka
3. Taj Gibson
4. Josh Smith
5. Luc Mbah A Moute

Small Forwards:
1. LeBron James
2. Paul George
3. Luol Deng
4. Nicolas Batum
5. Shawn Marion

Shooting Guards:
1. Tony Allen
2. Avery Bradley
3. Thabo Sefolosha
4. Andre Iguodala
5. Iman Shumpert

Point Guards:
1. Rajon Rondo
2. Russell Westbrook
3. Chris Paul
4. Mike Conley
5. John Wall

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Guys.. Marc Gasol was DPOY

Guys.. Marc Gasol was DPOY and so,e of yall don't even have him listed...

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Because everyone knows he

Because everyone knows he shouldn't have won it.

Hell, Tony Allen was the best Grizzly defender.

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Center 1. Kevin Garnett 2.

Center
1. Kevin Garnett
2. Joakim Noah
3. Marc Gasol
3. Roy Hibbert
5. Larry Sanders/Tyson Chandler

Power Forward
1. Serge Ibaka
2. Josh Smith
3. Amir Johnson
4. Kenneth Faried
5. Kenyon Martin

Small Forward
1. Lebron James
2. Andre Igoudala
3. Paul George
4. Kawhi Leonard
5. Chandler Parsons

Shooting Guard
1. Tony Allen
2. Avery Bradley
3. Thabo Sefolosha
4. Jimmy Butler
5. Arron Afflalo

Point Guard
1. Russell Westbrook
2. Rajon Rondo
3. Chris Paul
4. Mike Conley
5. Eric Bledsoe

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I agree with you about most

I agree with you about most things OP, I just have some guys at different positions based on where they played this season.

C
1. Dwight Howard
2. Marc Gasol
3. Joakim Noah
4. Tyson Chandler
5. Roy Hibbert

PF
1. Tim Duncan
2. Serge Ibaka
3. Josh Smith
4. Kenneth Faried
5. Derrick Favors (the guy does need more PT to prove it, but what I've seen has been excellent)

SF
1. Lebron James
2. Paul George
3. Luol Deng
4. Kawai Leonard
5. Chandler Parsons

SG
1. Tony Allen
2.Avery Bradley
3. Andre Iguodala
4. Jimmy Butler
5. Thabo Sefolosha

PG
1. Chris Paul
2. Rajon Rondo
3. Mike Conley
4. Eric Bledsoe
5. Russell Westbrook

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Centers 1. Marc Gasol 2.

Centers
1. Marc Gasol
2. Joakim Noah
3. Kevin Garnett
4. Tyson Chandler
5. Andrew Bogut

Power Forwards
1.Tim Duncan
2.Serge Ibaka
3.Josh Smith
4.NIck Collison
5.Kenneth Faried

Small Forwards
1. Lebron James
2. Andre Iguodala
3. Andre Kirilenko
4. Kawai Leonard
5.Paul George

Shooting Gaurd
1. Tony Allen
2.Thabo Sefolosha
3. Jimmy Butler
4.Avery Bradley
5.Iman Shumpert

Point Gaurd
1.Rajon Rondo
2.Russell Westbrook
3.Chris Paul
4.Ricky Rubio
5.Kirk Hinrich

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Listen Up

CENTERS
1. Marc Gasol
2. Dwight Howard
3. Joakim Noah
4. Tyson Chandler
5. Larry Sanders

POWER FORWARDS
1. Serge Ibaka
2. Kevin Garnett
3. Tim Duncan
4. Josh Smith
5. Kenneth Faried

SMALL FORWARDS
1. Lebron James
2. Loul Deng
3. Andre Iguodala
4. Paul George
5. Kawai Leonard

SHOOTING GUARDS
1. Avery Bradley
2. Tony Allen
3. Thabo Sefolosha
4. Kobe Bryant
5. Jimmy Butler

POINT GUARDS
1. Rajon Rondo
2. Russell Westbrook
3. Tony Parker
4. Chris Paul
5. George Hill
4.

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The lowest anyone has Serge

The lowest anyone has Serge Ibaka is #3 when he shouldn't have made any top 5 list at all. That alone tells me that no one here knows what great defense is.

Lots of blocks =/= Great defense

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help defense is a pretty big

help defense is a pretty big part of defense, as is protecting the rim which Ibaka does very well. Also the starting PFs in the league are pretty terribly defensively as a whole.

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Regardless of how terrible

Regardless of how terrible they are, he is nowhere near the 2nd best defensive PF in the NBA as you placed him. Overall, he's an above average defender at best. Help side defense is great, but there is more to it then that and he is nothing special at it. I would take Duncan, Garnett, Josh Smith, Horford, Mbah A Moute and Sanders over him without even thinking about it.

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Based on what positions they

Based on what positions they started at this year I considered Garnett, Sanders and Horford all centers. Yeah Mbah A Moute is real underrated.

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Ok, fair enough.

Ok, fair enough.

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and this shows me how much some ppl know about this game

Where is Luc Ricard Mbah Moute listed, what about Jrue Holiday or Aaron Affalo??? Any of those 3 could take someone's place on this list and no one has them ranked Once...What about guys like Tony Allen, Thabo Sefolsha, Andrew Bogut, Shane Battier, Tayshaun Prince, Kawhi Leonard, Iman Shumpert and ect ect ect...

People look at stats for blocks and steals to rank defenders and its more to it than just those stats...Man to Man defense is almost dead, if a player doesn't need help on defense consistantly to slow down his matchup Im more shocked than I should be...Very few players can guard multiple positions Correctly, even fewer are Two Way players...I think this is A huge plus for Guards like Wall, Rubio and Holiday, they are examples of two way players and they're great on both ends of the floor...

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I really think people are

I really think people are overrating Joakim Noah's hustle for defense. He's a great defender but you can't take away from other players who produce better statically in regular stats, advanced stats, and one one defense.

Defensive Ratings, big men ahead of him.
1. Tim Duncan
2. Roy Hibbert
3. Marc Gasol
4. Larry Sanders
5. Joakim Noah
6. Kevin Garnett

Defensive Win Shares, big men ahead of him
1. Marc Gasol
2. Tim Duncan
3. Roy Hibbert
4. Dwight Howard
5. Joakim Noah
6. Kevin Garnett

Blocks percentage(Block percentage is an estimate of the percentage of opponent two-point field goal attempts blocked by the player while he was on the floor.), big men ahead of him
1.Larry Sanders
2. Roy Hibbert
3. Tim Duncan
4. Bismack Biyombo
5. Brook Lopez
6. Robin Lopez
7. Dwight Howard
8. Deandre Jordan
9.Kosta Koufos
10. Joakim Noah

Defensive Rebound percentage
1. Omer Asik
2. Tim Duncan
3. Nikola Vuvecic
4. Dwight Howard
5. Demarcus Cousins
6.Emeka Okafor
7. Al Jefferson
8. Kevin Garnett
9.Larry Sanders
10. Tyson Chandler
11. Marcin Gortat
can't even find him on the list

At the M.I.T. Sport Conference this year, the Milwaukee Bucks Center Larry Sanders was said to be the best big man defender in the NBA this season, the stats were in his favor by a wide margin, now of course those stats also took in the effect that a players team has on his play. So you can imagine how much the Bulls, Spurs, Pacers, and Grizzlies defenses help their centers, and how much a team like the Bucks hurts Larry Sanders

Depending on how you rank people like Tim Duncan, Larry Sanders, or Kevin Garnett, people who play both positions, Joakim isn't top 5. You may be able to make a statement for Joakim Noah in the top 5 but people putting him in the top 2(This Year) are overrating his talent.

Also Paul George led the NBA in defensive Win shares this year, and he was 8th in the NBA in steals, 7.3 defensive rebounds per game, He was 3rd in defensive rating behind Tim Duncan and teammate Roy Hibbert. So maybe an argument can be made for him being the number 1 small forward defender, everyone gets hype over Lebron and never gives other players credit. Paul George led Lebron James in EVERY defensive statistic except blocks, He also guards 4 positions like Lebron(don't say Lebron guards 5 positions, guarding a Hickson, Sanders or a Noah, isn't guarding Dwight, one of the Gasols, Bynum, Brook Lopez)

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Taj Gibson not being on some

Taj Gibson not being on some of these lists at PF is a travesty.
He lead the entire league in adjusted defensive plus minus (dRAPM).

Overrated as defenders = Ibaka and Westbrook. Underrated = Kevin Durant.

Asik would make my top 5 for over Chandler who hasn't been nearly as good this yr defensively for whatever reason.

Faried shouldn't make anyone's top 5. He's actually pretty horrible defensively. Paul Millsap OTOH should make top 5 for PFs.

Jrue Holiday can defend his ass off when he doesn't have to carry such a heavy load on offense.

Kirk Hinrich is a still a hell of a defender when healthy. Problem is that he's only healthy like 50% of the time. Similar issue with Kyle Lowry who can be an absolute pitbull on defense but seems to always be playing through injury.

Good to see Tony Parker getting recognition for his defense. He's turned into a dynamite defender.

Kobe hasn't been a good defender in years.

Indiana isn't just good defensively because of their team defense schemes. Their lineup is full of superb individual defenders. David West in particular is an unsung individual defender with real toughness.

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The Pacer are crazy

The Pacer are crazy defensively. George, West & Hibbert all rate out as top 15 defenders. Paul George rates out as arguably the number 1 defender in the league.

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This is a tough one

Centers:
Dwight Howard
Tim Duncan
Marc Gasol
Larry Sanders
Omer Asik

Power Forwards:
Kevin Garnett
Taj Gibson
Zach Randolph
Josh Smith
Paul Millsap

Small Forwards:
Andre Iguodala
Lebron James
Kevin Durant
Paul George
Luc Mbah a Moute

Shooting Guards:
Tony Allen
Avery Bradley
Thabo Sefolosha
Iman Shumpert
Dwyane Wade

Point Guards:
Rajon Rondo
Chris Paul
George Hill
Tony Parker
Kirk Hinrich

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