Making the Cut continues to take a look at the NBA GM Survey.
Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
NBA GM Survey: 62% Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
Making The Cut: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
Green edges out Leonard due to his versatility. Leonard is the better on ball defender but Green is a better post defender. Add that his ability to be in help side is unmatched and he gets the nod.
Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?
NBA GM Survey: 72% Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
Making The Cut: Avery Bradley (Detroit Pistons)
Avery Bradley is a beast on the perimeter. Whether taking away a point guard like John Wall or your best perimeter scorer, Bradley does it all.
Who is the best interior defender in the NBA?
NBA GM Survey: 66% Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Making The Cut: DeAndre Jordan (L.A. Clippers)
I might the last one hanging to DA being the best interior defense but here we are. The Clippers still build their defensive strategy around one man which can be a burden considering they didn’t have shutdown on ball defenders.
Which is the best defensive team in the NBA?
NBA GM Survey: 55% Golden State Warriors
Making The Cut: Boston Celtics
Despite the fact that Boston lost Bradley and Jae Crowder, the Celtics will still be solid from a team defense perspective. Marcus Smart will lead the charge by taking away teams best perimeter player. Jaylen Brown is developing into a front line on ball defender. This allows Brad Stevens to get creative in his defensive strategies and rotations.
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