NBA Draft 2011: DeAndre Liggins and 5 Top Perimeter Defenders in the Draft

Maiah HollanderContributor IIIJune 16, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: DeAndre Liggins and 5 Top Perimeter Defenders in the Draft

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    Scoring points might be sexy, but being able to shut down your man will get you into the NBA.

    As the Dallas Mavericks proved against Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, defense truly wins championships.

    These following five players would would be welcomed by any NBA team looking for strong perimeter defense.

Norris Cole

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    Norris Cole helped to resurrect Cleveland State's basketball program in no small part to his willingness to compete defensively.

    Cole has good speed and agility and the lateral quickness to stay in front of his man.

Brandon Knight

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    A clutch performer offensively, unwavering performer defensively. Very smart defender who uses his quick feet and long arms to stay in front of his man, contest shots and deny penetration. 

Shelvin Mack

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    Superb leader for Butler the last two years, plays much bigger than 6'2", with huge shoulders and chest. Uses his strength to his advantage, allowing him to play his opponent physically. 

Iman Shumpert

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    Iman Shumpert is raw offensively but a stud on the defensive end. An extremely tenacious defender with lock-down potential forces lots of turnovers, rebounds well and can guard any of the 1-3 positions in the NBA. 

DeAndre Liggins

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    DeAndre Liggins better be great defensively, because he's NOT offensively.

    Takes great pride in his defense and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. His huge wingspan combined with solid lateral quickness makes him the top perimeter defender in the 2011 NBA draft class. 

Conclusion

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    While shooting performance comes and goes, good defense, like a diamond, is forever. Finding these defensive diamonds in the rough is what every GM yearns for, yet few are able to land.

    Your girl knows when its cubic zirconia, and so will the fans. Better be packing defensive heat...