Off-ball defense often gets overlooked by NBA fans, although the premier defenders in the league tend to be excellent off-ball defenders.
As you'll find out while looking through the 10 best off-ball defenders going into the 2012-13 season, big men and lanky wings tend to rule the roost here.
These are the players who don't need the ball in their man's hands to play great defense. They prevent them from getting it in the first place, play terrific help defense, cut down passing lanes and block shots from the weak side.
Blocks and steals may trump off-ball defense on SportsCenter, but the unglamorous and important aspect reigns supreme here.
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