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All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd Team

Posted on: August 6, 2008 2:47 pm
 
I decided that it would interested to gather up the greatest defenders in history and make teams of them like they do each year for the best players in the NBA. So I will find the greatest defenders at put them at their respective positions. Forgive me though, if I don't put them at their primary position, but there is too many great defenders that played center, and I couldn't fit them all onto 3 teams (I'm only going to a 1st team, 2nd team, and 3rd team). So you will some a PF instead of center. Also, players that played multiple positions will be put at whatever position I feel like. If you don't like it, than too bad.


3rd All Time NBA Defensive Team:


PG- Walt Frazier

7 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections

Walt "Clyde" Frazier was one of the greatest PG defenders ever. His defense was key in both the Knicks titles in '70 and '73. He was one of the first guys to ever master the art of stealing the ball. He played loose making it look like he was letting his guard down, but used his quick hands to steal the ball. He deserves the spot here as the 3rd best defending PG of all time and some might argue him higher.


SG- John Havlicek


5 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 3 All NBA Defensive 2nd team selections

Hondo was one the biggest parts of the Celtics championships, and like his teammate Bill Russell, it was his defense that made them so good. He is possibly one of the most underrated players in history because everyone remembers only Russell during those championships with the Celtics. He came off the bench as the 6th man because even though he was one of their better players, he would rather play a role that would help their team win better because of how great a team player he was. Hondo was a defensive genius and deserves this spot.


SF- Bobby Jones

8 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 1 All NBA Defensive 2nd team selection

Jones is probably the most underrated defender of all time. Not many people know a whole lot about him (I'll be honest, I didn't know much either until I researched him), but that doesn't mean he wasn't a great defender. This was mainly due to how quite and calm his personality was. He was a very respectable player and never believed in using any dirty tactics such throwing elbows, hip checks, etc. He was just a hard working team player that always hustled and did his best. Jones is probably the least known all time great defender, but he was one of the best.


PF- Ben Wallace


4 Defensive Player of the Years 5 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 1 All NBA Defensive 2nd team selection

Big Ben was giving the title "Beast of the East" for a reason. He was an absolute monster on defense. He was only standing at 6'7"-6'9", but he could defend the best guys in the league. Not only was he a monster in the paint, but he had the versatility to defend the guards. He was known after going on the fast break to stay there and press the ball handler. He got lots of steals doing this and was able to take it in for the slam. He was the anchor the Pistons' defense especially in the 2004 NBA Championship. He is tied with Dikembe Mutombo for winning the most DPOYs in history with 4. If anyone doubts that Big Ben couldn't hang with the best them see this:

www.youtube.com/watch


C- David Robinson

1 Defensive Player of the Year 4 All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 4 All NBA Defensive 2nd team selections

The Admiral was one of the great all time defensive centers. He might get overlooked some because there was so many great defensive centers. Along with Tim Duncan, they formed the "Twin Towers" that helped the Spurs win 2 titles in 1999 and 2003. With him and Timmy down low, most teams wouldn't be able to score very much in the paint or out rebound them. This spot could go to both Tim Duncan or Robinson, but in the end I picked Robinson due to the fact that he was important to their defense and Timmy was more important to the offense.


Keep track of the teams:

1st team:


PG- Gary Payton
SG- Michael Jordan
SF- Dennis Rodman
PF- Bill Russell
C- Hakeem Olajuwon

2nd Team:

PG- Mo Cheeks
SG- Sidney Moncrief
SF- Scottie Pippen
PF- Alonzo Mourning
C- Dikembe Mutombo

3rd Team:


PG- Walt Frazier
SG- John Havlicek
SF- Bobby Jones
PF- Ben Wallace
C- David Robinson


There you have it people now you see all 3 of my teams; now let's see what you think.
Comments

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2008 7:10 pm
 

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd Team

A few thoughts:

I would have Jerry West over John Havlicek.

I would have Kareem on there, preferably over Robinson.

Other than that, solid work...



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2008 12:33 am
 

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd Team

There you go wildcats, I put Bobby on one of these for you.

Long overdue.



Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 4:22 pm
 

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd Team

That may be true, although he was also included in the first all defensive teams too. Not sure if he was the very first year, but Wilt's last two in the league he was the first team C. I think he may have been excluded the first All-D actually.



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2008 3:23 pm
 

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd Team

Excellent work... Bobby Jones great call... Moncrief often overlooked, but great defender...it is odd that no real PF is on the 3 teams, 3 shorter centers if you will filled those spots... maybe Rodman could be considered a PF

Would think that the likes of Kevin Garnett would be a welcome addition, mainly because of his length and ability to cover both close to and away from the basket... could cover all five spots if needed to... the new found defender on the olympic team, Kobe 'Doberman' Bryant, when he wants to he can shut down anybody...




Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2008 2:14 am
 

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd Team

Big B: I can't stand him, but what about Dennis Rodman?? IMO one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history, without a doubt.

He's in the first team..

No Tim Duncan??? Gotta disagree heavily there...Otherwise I'm good



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2008 1:40 am
 

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd Team

Big B: I can't stand him, but what about Dennis Rodman?? IMO one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history, without a doubt.




Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2008 11:03 pm
 

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd Team

No Wilt CHamberlain? Greatest rebounder ever?
Two reason why you see no Wilt on here:

1) Rebounding isn't the only part of defense and you have to take into consideration how well they stopped their opponents from scoring, how good they were at forcing TOs, etc.

2) It's kind of easy to get tons of rebounds over everyone that is a half a foot shorter than you. When Bill Russell is you only competition and you are about 4 inches taller than him, it's kind of easy to get 20+ rebounds a game. Put him amongst the great all time and he will be lucky to get over 15 rebounds.



Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2008 7:08 pm
 

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd Team

No Wilt CHamberlain? Greatest rebounder ever?



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2008 3:33 pm
 

All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 3rd Team

Great teams, not much too complain about.  In the future I think Tim Duncan and KG need to be added to the teams.  KG is great, can guard almost every position, and wicked arm length.  Do you think KG can land a spot on any of ur defensive teams?


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Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2008 3:03 pm
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