Top 10 Defensive Players of the Decade
My list, not in order:
- Ben Wallace
- Lebron James
- Ron Artest
- Tyson Chandler
- Bruce Bowen
- Dwight Howard
- Kevin Garnett
- Marcus Camby
- Tim Duncan
- Tony Allen - See more at: http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=1273651#sthash.BZcU...
Bowen hasn't played in years, Wallace hasn't been relevant in years, Howard and Allen hadn't really played when those guys were playing well. Totally &$#%#&@! up list, 2 different time periods.
Nice that you got your boyfriend's to give me negatives for saying the same thing everyone else did. I'm hoping for more now. God forbid someone tells the truth.
...which decade are you talking about?
It's probably the last decade you're talking about, but then Tony Allen really doesn't belong here, I mean he averaged 18 minutes per game prior to 2010, you just can't be a top 10 defensive player and average that.
Maybe have Jason Kidd over him. Or guys like Battier or Bell.
If it's the last 10 years and somebody missed have of them, they probably don't belong.
Andrei should really be on this list
You can't put Lebron on this list but not include Kobe. That makes no sense. Say what you want about Kobe's defense nowadays, but in his prime he was arguably the best perimeter defender in the league. The man has made 8 All-NBA Defensive 1st Teams in the last decade.
Dont forget Caramel Anthony, Tony Douglas, Miguel Tejada, and Michael "the Jet" Beasley
for the last decade?
hard to make a ten.. but by far>>
For real? Derek Fisher is awlful !!! Fisher can hit an open jumper, but no way he can guard someone without floppy.
My list would be in no particular order:-
Near misses would be
The likes of Ibaka will have numerous more times to add to All Defensive recognition and would be in the top 10 in a year or so as guys who retired a few years ago have less career in the timespan.
Shane Battier has been as good as anyone on defense. Both perimeter defense and then playing against power forwards too. Great individual defender AND team defender.
The other lock down defenders on the wing over the past decade or so have been Bruce Bowen, Ron Artest, Tony Allen (one of the best the past 3 or 4 years), and Tayshaun Prince.
Kobe is good, but a bit overrated. LeBron is the best SUPERSTAR defender on the wing. He can lock down anyone, guard little guys like D Rose, D up power forwards, and even block some shots. LeBron might be one of the top three wing defenders in NBA history along with Jordan and Pippen.
At point guard, Jason Kidd is great, Rajon Rondo is a beast when locked in, and is the guy I would want as a lead defender at the 1 spot right now.
On the inside, you can't go wrong with Tim Duncan (smarts, size, length, foot work, discipline), Kevin Garnett, and a prime Ben Wallace. Tyson Chandler is another good low post defender as a guy who is really smart and just takes up so much space. He really uses his size and length well. Roy Hibbert is another defender like Chandler, but he is a better shot blocker and may be even BIGGER than Chandler. Joakim Noah can do a lot of things on defense. He can be something between KG and Duncan on defense if his defense continues to improve.
Dwight Howard in his prime was the best RIM PROTECTOR of his era. His defense relied heavily on shot blocking, intimidation, quickness, and athleticism. I want to see how he does now on the Rockets since his athleticism has slipped a bit, and the intimidation factor might not be as high as it once was. He also doesn't seem to be the biggest guy out there anymore. Looks like he has slimmed down. He looks like he is closer to power forward size (6'10) than a skyscraping center.
Dwight deserves to be on this list, but I don't think he is at the top. I can see him bouncing back this year though.
Never gets any love. Great player and an awesome defender who many times made up for Amer and Nash's mistakes.
I'll replace Tyson Chandler with Andrei Kirelenko. Tyson Chandler is a bit overrated as a defender IMO
Top Ten Defenders IN ORDER (based on full body of work over the past 10 years).
1. Tim Duncan -- so steady. Has anchored the defense for over a decade. Can block shots as well as play straight up D.
2. Kevin Garnett -- all around terror on defense. Would be higher if just focused on his great defense from the Celtics.
3. Shane Battier -- he's played smart, solid, heads up defense for a decade. 2 rings with the Heat, with great D for Grizz before that. Similar to Bruce Bowen in terms of defense, but Battier goes higher due to his ability to defend power forwards too. Battier also wasn't as dirty as Bowen, and a slightly better rebounder.
4. Ben Wallace -- came out of nowhere for those great Pistons teams and then broke down a bit after that, but at his peak he was awesome. Rebounded very well too.
5. Bruce Bowen -- best wing defender in the game for several years as a member of 3 Spurs title teams.
6. LeBron James -- one of the best all-around defenders in the game today. He could be higher. When he really locks in he is the best in the game. Great run down blocks too.
7. Tony Allen. The best all-around wing defender right now. THE guy to put against Kevin Durant. If based on the years since 2008, Tony Allen could be at the top of the list. Gave the Grizzlies an identity, and helped turn Memphis into a top-notch defensive unit.
8. Dwight Howard -- best rebounder/shot blocker big man since Ben Wallace. Had an off year last year, but I expect him to bounce back. Good intimidator, but not as intelligent defender as some of the other guys on this list.
9. Jason Kidd -- best defensive point guard in this era. Guarded Kobe, Wade, and others on the way to the 2011 title.
10. Tayshaun Prince -- this long, lanky defender helped the Pistons win the 2004 title around all-around team play and suffocating defense. Can guard any perimeter spot, and was also a great at getting chase down blocks in his prime.
Honorable mention: Ron Artest/Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, James Posey, Tyson Chandler.
I'd replace Tony Allen with Jason Kidd or Shane Battier, otherwise that's a solid list.