Defense is known to be the staple of every winning sports team, but there are always players who take it to another level for the benefit of the team.
Defense is measured many ways. It's calculated by rebounds collected off the glass, steals accumulated by gutsy defenders playing the passing lanes, shots blocked in and around the paint, and the underrated hand in the face of an amazing shooter. Any way you value it most, defense is the key to winning championships.
Most players who have reached the enviable platform of playing professional basketball know what it is to play a little defense, but very few understand the kind of pride that the elite defenders take in doing the teams' dirty work. Players like Shane Battier and Glen Davis take great pride in hitting the floor and taking charges that will result in their team having a better chance at victory.
It's understood that not every member of your team's roster will be first team all-defense, but it's always nice to know you have a guy on your squad that will go the distance to ensure that the oppositions offensive game doesn't spell doom for your teams chances at victory.
This article is dedicated to the gritty defenders who will stop at nothing to take you out of your offensive rhythm.
They will talk trash to your player.
They will swipe, shove, and take the critical charge.
They will put a hand so close to your sharpshooter's eyes, they'll be able to give them a certified palm reading afterward.
These are the 15 most suffocating defenders in the NBA.