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Ranking the Top Defensive Squads in the NBA
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Marc Gasol and Roy Hibbert are two of the best defensive centers in the NBA.

For the last two seasons the Chicago Bulls have been the top defensive team in the NBA and the Eastern Conference has had at least the five best defenses. This season is different, however, as the West has become more formidable defensively and the Bulls have suffered from injuries and roster changes.

The past six NBA champions have had a regular-season defense that was in the top seven of defensive efficiency, per ESPN. While the Miami Heat won in 2006 with a defensive efficiency that was just average, it is rare that a team does not win with a top-tier defensive group.

Here are the top-seven teams defensively in the NBA this season. We will see if "defense wins championships" in 2013.

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