Defense is underrated.
A lot of emphasis is put on the NBA's most prolific point-totalers and their ability to run up the scoreboard, yet not nearly enough attention is paid to the ones who are adept at preventing such talents from doing just that.
Because for every scorer, there is a defensive-minded athlete capable of shutting them down.
We're not just referring to the players who block shots by the bunches or dominate the measurable facets on that side of the ball either. It's easy to deem a player a capable defender when watching them play zone or receive help defense from a teammate, but the truly talented defenders are the ones who can prevent baskets and force turnovers on their own.
They're the ones who rely on themselves before anyone else.