2019-2020 MY TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS TEAM

DURING THE 3P ERA DEFENSE IS HARDLY MENTIONED.

CAN JUST DEFENSE ALLOW A TEAM TO WIN IN TODAY’S GAME?

NAAAA.

DEFENSE IS ONLY REQUIRED IN THE LAST MINUTES OF GAMES. PLAYERS RATHER EXERT THEIR ENERGY GETTING BUCKETS AND PLAYING AT A HIGH SPEED.

SO I DECIDED TO MAKE A LIST OF THIS YEARS BEST DEFENDERS BY PUTTING THEM ALL ON ONE TEAM.

LET ME KNOW HOW FAR THEY WOULD GET?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO – POWER FORWARD

HEIGHT- 6’11

DEFENSE RATING: 96.5%

WHY-

GIANNIS HAS THE ABILITY TO GUARD 1 – 5 COMFORTABLY. HE CAN LOCK UP WINGS DRIVING TO THE BASKET AND GUARDS TRYING TO GET A SHOT OFF ON HIM ON THE PERIMETER. PLUS HE HAS THE ABILITY TO RIM PROTECTION.

ANTHONY DAVIS – SMALL FORWARD

HIEGHT – 6’10

DEFENSE RATING: 105.6%

WHY-

SIMILAR TO GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, ANTHONY DAVIS HAS SHOWN ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS THIS SEASON THAT HE CAN GUARD 1- 5. HE IS THE LOS LAKERS DEFENSIVE ANCHOR! WHICH MEANS TEAMS LOOK TO AVOID HIS MATCH UPS. ANTHONY ALSO HAS INCREDIBLE ON BALL DEFENSE ESPECIALLY FOR HIS SIZE.

RUDY GOBERT – CENTER

HEIGHT- 7’1

DEFENSE RATING: 106.8%

WHY-

2X DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR. HE IS THE BEST RIM PROTECTOR IN THE GAME! WHEN HE IS IN THE PAINT THAT GOAL IS ON 🔒. TEAMS DON’T EVEN TRY TO ATTACK HIM ON DEFENSE. I MEAN WHY BE BOTHERED TO SHOOT A DIFFICULT CONTESTED TO SCORE. HIS TRUE DEFENSIVE ABILITY DOESN’T NECESSARILY SHOW UP ON THE STAT SHEETS.

BEN SIMMONS – POINT GUARD

HEIGHT- 6’10

DEFENSE RATING: 106.9%

WHY-

PERHAPS THE MOST VERSATILE DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE. HE CAN CAUSE HAVOC IN THE BACK COURT AND ON ANYONE WHO HE SWITCHES ON! TEAMS GAME PLAN AROUND HIS DEFENSE. SERIOUSLY!

MARCUS SMART – SHOOTING GUARD

HEIGHT – 6’4

DEFENSE RATING: 104.3%

WHY-

PLAYS MUCH BIGGER THAN HIS STATURE! THIS YEAR HE HAS BEEN CALLED UPON TO LOCK UP DURING CRUNCH MINUTES. HE HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE IN DOING SO. HE GOT DOGG IN HIM. BEWARE IF HE IS GUARDING YOU!

MY DEFENSIVE GAME-PLAN:

DO NOT GIVE UP ANY BUCKETS ON THE PERIMETER! I AM DARING YOU TO BEAT THESE PLAYERS OFF THE DRIBBLE.

YOUR DARN SURE NOT SCORING IN THE PAINT AGAINST THAT LENGTH NEITHER.

-CORRUPTION, GREED & LIES-

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