LeBron James and the Top 5 Frontcourt Defenders in the NBA

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LeBron James and the Top 5 Frontcourt Defenders in the NBA
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LeBron James is guarding Kevin Durant in the 2012 Finals.

In order for a player to be recognized as one of the greatest basketball players in the world, he must be one of the best defenders in the game as well. LeBron James is recognized  as arguably the most versatile offensive weapon in the NBA, but where does he rank among the league's top frontcourt defenders?

In the breakdown of my current top five frontcourt defenders, only players who primarily play the small forward, power forward or center positions on their respective teams will be considered. Players like Andre Iguodala and Tony Allen are labeled as swingmen, but they spend most of their time playing shooting guard so they will not be considered on this list. 

Versatile defenders are favored over one-dimensional defenders. The NBA today is evolving right before our eyes. Versatile defenders capable of guarding multiple positions are more valued than traditional, position-special defenders. For example, an Andrei Kirilenko-type player is much more valuable defensively when compared to a Kendrick Perkins-type player.

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