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60 Greatest Defensive Players in NBA History
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Michael Jordan, like many other players and coaches in NBA history, loved to say that defense wins championships. In fact, he'd make that quite clear after each and every title that he won with the Chicago Bulls. 

Even though that adage is slightly misleading, defense is indeed a very important part of the championship puzzle. 

So, who are the best players on the defensive end of the court in the history of The Association? 

At first, I set out to rank the 60 best such players, but ran into difficulties. After all, how am I supposed to compare the tenacious perimeter defense of Gary Payton to the unmatched fundamentals of Tim Duncan in the low post? 

In the end, I compiled a list of my 60 best defenders in the history of the NBA and then sorted them into positions before ranking them by position. Read on to see how it unfolded. 

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