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Stay out the paint or pay!
1. Andre Iguodala, G/F, Philadelphia 76ers
One of the best on-ball defenders has the ability to defend three positions with efficiency.
2. Lebron James, F, Miami Heat
'Bron is all over the place—truly evolving into one of the best defenders so far.
3. Iman Shumpert, PG/SG, New York Knicks
He has been one of the most ferocious ball hawks so far, and his effort on the defensive end lands him here as the early surprise.
4. Tyson Chandler, C, New York Knicks
His ability to play his man in the post and the perimeter make him the premere big man on the defensive end. His communication with his teammates is very good.
NBA Defensive Player of the Year
Dwight Howard, C, Orlando Magic
Until another major force comes into the league and does what Howard has been doing lately, we can almost gift wrap this award.
Howard's defense is actually improving year-by-year, as is his overall presence in the paint. This year he is averaging over two-and-a-half blocks and almost 12 defensive rebounds a game, which shows he owns the boards on that end of the floor.
He is an above-average pick-and-roll defender whose strength and athleticism allow him to dominate opposing centers on both ends of the floor. Add to this the fact that Howard is also stealing the ball almost twice a game.
One can see why the offers are getting better and better for Howard as of late.