Top five defenders of NBA 2018-19

Now, all you basketball fans out there, you know that basketball is not only about shooting at those hoops. It's just as importantly about defending. People argue that basketball is all about offence. Never will you see a group of guys playing basketball, and even one of them actually trying to anticipate passes or block them. It always has been the crossovers and the dunks. But a strong defence is as vital as it gets. A well organized and staged defence can help minimize the ball time which the opponent gets and may prove to be a game changer at higher levels of competition.

Today we are going to have a look at the most successful defenders of the 2018-19 season who have made their names in the NBA news so far.


Rudy GOBERT was the Defensive Player of the year for the 2017-18 season despite missing 26 games last year. He was the perfect rim protector and defensive anchor for the Utah Jazz last season. Rudy is number 5 on our list this year. Only if he would have played enough games to qualify for end-of-season leaderboards, there is no doubts whatsoever that he would’ve finished with second rank in blocks at an amazing rate of 2.3 per game and a ninth rank in rebounds with  10.7 per game.


The two time Defensive Player of the Year (2016 and 2017), Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors, is fourth in our list. He is surely eyeing a third DPOY and given his current form he might even end up winning it this season. The Toronto Raptors were the NBA’s fifth-best defense last season. If they are to improve on their previous years performance, Kawhi Leonard needs to find his best yet again.


No wonder the Toronto Raptors are one of the best defensive teams in the league. The number three on our list is another player who dons the Toronto colors. Siakam has been one of Raptors’ most reliable defenders. The fact that he is strategically able to place himself between a ball hander and the basket is as impressive as it gets.

And it compliments his ability to race back in transition just after a goal has been scored to prevent counter attacks. He is 6 foot 9 inches tall and is one of the most versatile defenders. He can literally guard any position you place him at.


Though Joel is not one of the most agile defenders, he can really trouble the opponents when he is switched onto the perimeter. It's Joel's fifth season with the 76ers and he has settled quite well into the team, and being a senior in the team has made it really comfortable for the youngsters. Philly’s defense looks even stronger in this 2018-19 season and Joel's the one to be thanked.


Anthony Davis has carried his form into the 2018-19 season from the last season. The league’s reigning shot-blocker from last season, Anthony Davis is the first on our list. He looks all set to win his first major NBA award to his trophy case. He was second to Rudy GOBERT in DPOY voting last season and finished with an All-Defensive First Team honors alongside Rudy. But this time he seemed determined to win the title for himself.