Meet the NBA's Next Wave of Premier Defenders

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Meet the NBA's Next Wave of Premier Defenders
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Over the years, the NBA has generated a no-defense reputation, but nothing could be further from the truth in the minds of these young studs. They're ushering in a new era of great defensive players, and they'll do everything in their power to ensure that scoring remains difficult. 

Right now, the established star defensive players are still plentiful. 

We have fantastic interior defenders like Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah, Tim Duncan and Roy Hibbert. LeBron James can do just about anything on the defensive end, and Tony Allen, Andre Iguodala, Chris Paul, Mike Conley and many others thrive as perimeter stoppers. 

But they're all getting older. 

To qualify for the next wave, a player must be 24 years old or younger, even if he's already starting to make a name for himself in the league. It's possible to have earned Defensive Player of the Year votes in the past and still be part of the future since it's all based on age. 

Get ready to hear these names a lot going forward. Scorers will cringe every time they're mentioned. 

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