Welcome back to the "Greatest Ever" series as we continue with the ranks of the greatest interior defenders in the NBA History!
They say defense wins championships and they are right.No matter how good potent offense you have,you can't win titles,playoff series,games without solid team defense in which usually the centers and power forwards do it best
In the past 20 years,all of the franchises that added the Larry O'Brien Trophy had outstanding protection of the rim from players who are more than solid in that part of the game.Here are some notable names such as Tim Duncan,Kevin Garnett,Ben Wallace,Alonzo Mourning etc
Even in the past,teams had their own front courts of defensive walls who would do everything in their power to stop you from scoring the 2 points like for example,the Knicks championship rosters from the 70's and so on
Playing defense in the paint is easier to say than done.It's not all about guarding your man but it's also about helping out your team mate,blocking and effecting shots,grabbing the defensive rebounds by boxing out well etc.
So,basically the team that in these days can find some guy that can do all of this,has actually chance for winning it all.Based on this,there are 3 types of defensive presence who rule in the paint and they do it with their physicality,intelligence and mastering of the fundamentals.
Defenders that are physical presence,are challenging every shot/lay up/dunk attempt at the rim with getting straight in your face and clean the glass with little aggression,with the will to prove you and let you know you aren't getting the easy 2
There are guys who rely on their incredible high IQ and are able to block your shot attempt at the rim by almost getting out of no where when you think you have the easy 2.Those are smart defenders who know when to go at you
Then there are the guys who play brilliant defense by mastering and understanding the fundamentals of defense,swat shots etc.These players in generally when they deny a shot,they keep their team in possesion
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