NBA Playoffs 2011: Power Ranking the Top 10 Defenders Still Alive

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Power Ranking the Top 10 Defenders Still Alive
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What a wild NBA playoffs these have already been!

The No. 8 seed Grizzlies took down the No. 1 Spurs.

The new-look Knicks and Nuggets were beaten soundly after the biggest trade in NBA history.

And the back-to-back World Champion Lakers were swept by the Mavericks today, far from what any of the "experts" predicted before the series began. (It was even enough to spur on this website's creation: www.didthelakersgetswept.com)

Of course, many think of NBA basketball as an offensive-oriented game, but what shouldn't be missed is the defensive strategy and play by the best teams in the game.

 

The Bulls are touted as one of the league's best defensive teams (at least one of their players made this list), as are the Celtics(players).

Others, like Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis have some star defenders as well and it's no coincidence  they're still alive in the playoffs.

 

Here's how the best defenders still alive rank.

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