When NBA players see certain defenders waiting for them on the other side of the court, their knees start quivering.
Already sweaty, they start to glisten with salty droplets to an even greater extent. They know that the ensuing possession is going to be particularly difficult.
Some defenders just have the ability to inspire that type of reaction when they step onto the hardwood. They're terrifying to go up against, and these are the best of the best in that category.
It's important to note that these are not the top defenders in the league but rather the most intimidating. There's a massive distinction there, so don't get those confused.
In order to determine the most intimidating defenders in the Association, I'm turning to a metric system. On the next slide, you'll be able to view exactly how the rankings were determined.
Note: All stats come from Synergy Sports (subscription required) and Basketball-Reference.