Defense wins championships is one of the oldest cliche’s in the book, but it would not exist if it wasn’t true.
While offense puts butts in seats and gets players paid, defense is where players can really put their imprint on the game and force their will upon the opponent.
Many of the greatest players in NBA history had a game predicated on defense, such as Bill Russell, Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan.
Those excellent players are all ranked pretty high on this list, but you will be shocked at some of the players that finish ahead of those iconic Hall of Famers.
So here is the list of the 30 greatest defenders in the history of the NBA.