You know how people gripe about how the NBA neglects defense? While that might be true, there are certain players who do lock their opponents down with relative ease. Dwight Howard may be the first name that comes to mind.
The 6'11" Orlando Magic phenom has been the most feared defender in the NBA for several years. His towering, freakishly athletic form casts a giant shadow across the floor that swallows up light and would-be scorers alike.
It also factors in greatly that Howard is a three-time defensive POY award recipient.
Of course, it's not only Dwight Howard who commands the respect of players across the league. There are a handful of other players who dominate night after night and fill up the defensive stat sheets.
Here is a list of the five best defensive players in the NBA besides Dwight "Superman" Howard.