This article features the 10 best defenders that are still competing for an NBA championship this season.
These defensive versions of Picasso comprise an elite group who turn basketball's dirty work into an art form.
This list does not include players like Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul or Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, however, both of whom were eliminated on Friday.
It also doesn't include others like the Denver Nuggets' Andre Iguodala or the Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard.
Each player was measured by a combination of individual defensive impact, versatility, and an assessment of the role they play from a team defense standpoint.