The NBA's Top 10 Defensive Players of All Time

Bell Malley@milesmalleyAnalyst IIIJuly 18, 2009

The NBA's Top 10 Defensive Players of All Time

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    OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 15:  Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Phoenix Suns looks on against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game on March 15, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloa

10. Ben Wallace

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    CLEVELAND - MAY 20: Ben Wallace #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against the Orlando Magic in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 20, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly

9. John Stockton

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    LOS ANGELES - APRIL 1:  John Stockton #12 of the Utah Jazz looks to pass during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 1, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.  The Jazz won 94-89.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and ag

8. Wilt Chamberlain

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    7 Feb 1997:  Former Los Angeles Laker Wilt Chamberlain addresses the media at a press conference before the NBA All-Star Game at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport

7. Alonzo Mourning

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    BOSTON - NOVEMBER 16:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics tries to get a shot as Alonzo Mourning #33 of the Miami Heat defends on November 16, 2007 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agree

6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31:  Basketball star Kareem Abdul Jabar attends Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project's 'Hulaween' at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on October 31, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

5. Michael Jordan

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 03:  Michael Jordan, part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, smiles from the bench during their game against the Detroit Pistons at Time Warner Cable Arena on November 3, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressl

4. Hakeem Olajuwon

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    9 Dec 2000:  A close up of Hakeem Olajuwon #34 of the Houston Rockets as he looks on during the game against the Seattle SuperSonics at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. The Rockets defeated the SuperSonics 111-104.    NOTE TO USER: It is expressly unders

3. Dikembe Mutombo

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 21:  Dikembe Mutombo #55 of the Houston Rockets walks on the floor before the tipoff of Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Utah Jazz during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center April 21, 2008 in Houston, Tex

2. Gary Payton

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    SEATTLE - JANUARY 10:  Gary Payton #20 of the Miami Heat is on the court during the game against the Seattle Sonics on January 10, 2007 at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. The Heat won 107-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, b

1. Bill Russell

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    BEVERLY HILLS - SEPTEMBER 12:  Former NBA basketball player Bill Russell attends the15th Annual Ella Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on September12, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/GettyImages).