The 10 Best Defenders in the NBA

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IMarch 13, 2009

The 10 Best Defenders in the NBA

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    CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Detroit Pistons gets a shot off between Ben Wallace #4 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 22, 2009 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 99-78. N

Best Perimeter Defender: Ron Artest

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    NEW YORK - JANUARY 26: Al Harrington #7 of the New York Knicks looks for options under pressure from Ron Artest #96 of the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden January 26, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees tha

Best Interior Defender: Tim Duncan

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 10:  Vince Carter #15 of the New Jersey Nets talks to Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs during their game on February 10, 2009 at The Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledg

Best Stealer: Chris Paul

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    SAN ANTONIO - JANUARY 31:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets during play against the San Antonio Spurs on January 31, 2009 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using

Best Shot- Blocker: Dwight Howard

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 8:  Glen David #11 of the Boston Celtics battles Dwight Howard #12 of Orlando Magic for a rebound at the TD Banknorth Garden on March 8, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The magic won 86-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and a

Most Versatile Defender: Jared Jeffries

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    CHICAGO - DECEMBER 09:  Jared Jeffries #20 of the New York Knicks defends against Drew Gooden #90 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 9, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading

Best Defensive Rebounder: David Lee

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    NEW YORK - MARCH 04:  David Lee #42 of the New York Knicks shoots over Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden March 4, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this

Best at Drawing The Charge: Anderson Varejao

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    MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 20: Anderson Varejao #17 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 20, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cavaliers defeated the Bucks 111-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly

Best Off-Ball Defender: Lebron James

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 6: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the fourth quarter during a game against the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden on March 6, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics won 105-94. NOTE TO USER: User expres

Best Clutch Defender: Dwayne Wade

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 12:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reacts after being called for a foul late in the game against the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Arena on December 12, 2008 in Miami, Florida. The Hawks defeated the Heat 87-73. NOTE TO USER: User

Best Defensive Leader: Kevin Garnett

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    BOSTON - FEBRUARY 08:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics celebrates a shot against the San Antonio Spurs on February 8, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Spurs defeated the Celtics 105-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowle