Bad defense will plague teams like nothing else. Some of the most talented players in the NBA are also some of the biggest liabilities for their teams.
The best offense is a good defense. It’s not just a cliché. There’s a reason that the Chicago Bulls held the NBA's best regular-season record last year despite their ridiculous injury problems: They play defense.
That said, it’s incredible how some of the best superstars in the NBA still have one-dimensional games.
Most elite players are elite because they play well at both ends of the floor well. But there are some players, like Carmelo Anthony, who approach elite status merely on the merits of their offensive talents.
Besides Anthony, here are five other top NBA players whose legacies have been tarnished by their defensive reputations.