Past NBA Defensive Stars with Best Shot to Stop Today's Biggest Offensive Force

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Past NBA Defensive Stars with Best Shot to Stop Today's Biggest Offensive Force
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What would happen in a hypothetical world where the greatest defensive players from bygone eras could time-travel to the present and guard the elite scorers of today? If you could pick one person from the past to guard a current star, who would it be?

I pondered this question, and these are my answers.

First, I took the top 10 players who qualified for the scoring title last year (so no Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook).

Then, I considered the specific style of play of the past defenders and deliberated over who could best challenge the present-day scorers. So this is not a list history’s top defensive players but rather the ones particularly suited to each of the top scorers.

The lone qualification for the past defenders was that they were eligible for the Hall of Fame.

They are listed here in reverse order of where the contemporary players finished in the scoring race last season.

All stats used are from MySynergySports (subscription required), Basketball-Reference.com or NBA.com/STATS unless otherwise noted.

 


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