With a month of the NBA season already in the books, a number of players have already established (or strengthened) their standing among the league's best defenders. Defense doesn't always get the glory, yet a select few will be properly recognized at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.
The two all-defensive teams aren't selected until May, but that doesn't prevent us from looking ahead to see which players will receive their just due five months from now.
When it comes to effectively shutting down their respective assignments on a nightly basis, a few standouts have already emerged from the pack.
Note: Statistics are accurate as of Nov. 30.