Nba 2k22 Defensive Best Players of All Time

Morgan Wolf

The NBA 2K22 video game is set to be released soon and it promises to bring players some of the most intense and realistic basketball action yet. A key component of the game is the defensive side of the game, which will be revamped and improved upon.

Players will have to strategize and employ a variety of defensive tactics in order to best their opponents. 2K22 promises to bring an even deeper level of realism to the defensive side of the game, with more focus on team strategies, defensive rotations, and even more complex defensive systems. With these new features, players will be able to create a unique, challenging, and rewarding gaming experience.

Table of Contents

1. LeBron James

Power forward

LeBron James Career

  • 2003–2010: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2010–2014: Miami Heat
  • 2014–2018: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2018–present: Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James is a two-time NBA champion and three-time MVP. He has led the Cavaliers to back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, he joined the Lakers for an unprecedented move westward in the NBA's history.

His jersey number (6) was retired by both Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat organizations after his third consecutive MVP award in the 2014–2015 season. 

LeBron James also holds several other records such as the most points scored in a playoff game with 73 against Boston Celtics.

Also, the highest scoring average ever with 38 points per game over his whole career, youngest player to score 30 000 points or more and fastest player to reach 20 000 assists milestone among others LeBron James is a four-time NBA Champion, three-time MVP, and eighteen-time All-Star.

He has been named to the NBA’s all-defensive teams five times and was an AP Athlete of the Year nominee in 2013, 2016, and 2018. 

LeBron also won gold medals with Team USA at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, 2012 Olympics, and 2016 Rio Olympics respectively. 

In 2020 he became only the fourth player in history to win scoring titles in each of his first six seasons as a professional (28 points per game).

Also Played For: cleveland cavaliers, school basketball

2. Stephen Curry

Point guard

Stephen Curry Career

  • High school: Charlotte Christian, (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • College: Davidson (2006–2009)
  • NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
  • Selected by the Golden State Warriors
  • Playing career: 2009–present
  • 2009–present: Golden State Warriors
  • 4× NBA champion (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022), NBA Finals MVP (2022), 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2015, 2016), 8× NBA All-Star (2014–2019, 2021, 2022), NBA All-Star Game MVP (2022), 4× All-NBA First Team (2015, 2016, 2019, 2021), 3× All-NBA Second Team (2014, 2017, 2022), All-NBA Third Team (2018), NBA Western Conference Finals MVP (2022), 2× NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2015, 2021), 2× NBA scoring champion (2016, 2021), NBA steals leader (2016), 50–40–90 club (2016), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2010), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year (2022), Consensus first-team All-American (2009), Consensus second-team All-American (2008), NCAA season scoring leader (2009), 2× SoCon Player of the Year (2008, 2009), 3× First-team All-SoCon (2007–2009), No. 30 retired by Davidson Wildcats
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, FIBA World Cup, : 2010 Turkey: National team, : 2014 Spain: National team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • FIBA World Cup
  • : 2010 Turkey: National team
  • : 2014 Spain: National team

Stephen Curry is a professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors. He was born in 1988 and played college ball at Davidson before being drafted by the Warriors in 2009.

Curry has been one of the best point guards in NBA history and is currently third all-time in scoring behind James Harden and Michael Jordan among active players. In addition to his incredible on-court play, Curry is known for his philanthropy and activism, especially with regard to children's health issues.

Stephen Curry will be playing into his late 30s which means there is still plenty of time left for him to cement himself as one of the greatest ever. Stephen Curry is a two-time NBA MVP and four-time champion. 

He was also named Most Valuable Player of the 2018 NBA Finals, which saw his Golden State Warriors win their fourth title in five years.

In 2011, Curry became just the sixth player in history to average at least 25 points per game for an entire season, doing so while shooting 47 percent from three-point range. 

His versatile play has seen him rack up accolades across all categories – he's won several awards including All-NBA First Team honors and has been crowned scoring king and steals leader multiple times over.

Also Played For: golden state warriors, davidson college

3. Andrew Wiggins

Small forward

Andrew Wiggins Career

  • High school: , Vaughan (Vaughan, Ontario), Huntington Prep, (Huntington, West Virginia)
  • College: Kansas (2013–2014)
  • NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Playing career: 2014–present
  • 2014–2020: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2020–present: Golden State Warriors
  • NBA champion (2022), NBA All-Star (2022), NBA Rookie of the Year (2015), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2015), Consensus second-team All-American (2014), First-team All-Big 12 (2014), Big 12 Freshman of the Year (2014), Gatorade National Player of the Year (2013), Mr. Basketball USA (2013), Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2013), McDonald's All-American (2013), First-team Parade All-American (2013)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing  Canada, FIBA AmeriCup, : 2015 Mexico City: National team, FIBA World U17 Cup, : 2010 Hamburg: National team, FIBA Americas U18 Championship, : 2012 São Sebastião do Paraíso: National team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing  Canada
  • FIBA AmeriCup
  • : 2015 Mexico City: National team
  • FIBA World U17 Cup
  • : 2010 Hamburg: National team
  • FIBA Americas U18 Championship
  • : 2012 São Sebastião do Paraíso: National team

Andrew Wiggins was born in Toronto, Canada on February 23, 1995. He attended high school at Vaughan (Vaughan, Ontario) and then Huntington Prep (Huntington, West Virginia).

In May 2014, he became the first player in history to be chosen with the first overall pick in the NBA draft. Andrew Wiggins has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves during his career so far.

He is currently a small forward for the Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins, who recently signed with the Golden State Warriors, is a three-time NBA All-Rookie First Team selection and has accumulated numerous accolades during his short career.

Andrew Wiggins was born in 1998 in Toronto, Canada and played college basketball for Kansas University where he averaged 27 points per game as a freshman before being drafted 2nd overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014. 

In 2016-2017, Andrew Wiggins led the Minnesota Timberwolves to their first playoff appearance since 2004 while also averaging 25 points per game (the highest scoring average of his career).

After signing with the Golden State Warriors this offseason, Andrew Wiggins will be looking to help them win an NBA title for the first time in 40 years.

Also Played For: minnesota timberwolves, small forward

4. Paul George

Small forward

Paul George Career

  • High school: Knight (Palmdale, California)
  • College: Fresno State (2008–2010)
  • NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
  • Selected by the Indiana Pacers
  • Playing career: 2010–present
  • 2010–2017: Indiana Pacers
  • 2017–2019: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2019–present: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 7× NBA All-Star (2013, 2014, 2016–2019, 2021), All-NBA First Team (2019), 5× All-NBA Third Team (2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021), 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2014, 2019), 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2013, 2016), NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2011), NBA Most Improved Player (2013), NBA steals leader (2019), Second-team All-WAC (2010), No. 24 retired by Fresno State Bulldogs
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Team

Paul George was born on May 2, 1990 in Palmdale, California. He attended Knight High School and played college basketball for Fresno State before being drafted 10th overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 2010 NBA draft.

In his five seasons with the Pacers he has averaged 20 points per game, 4 rebounds per game and 3 assists per game while playing all 82 games each season. 

On July 12th of this year Paul George signed a three-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder worth $137 million dollars including an annual salary of $27 million over that period of time.

Paul George is one of only two players (the other being Kobe Bryant) to score at least 25,000 points and grab 5,000 rebounds in their career; achieving both feats whilst playing for the Indiana Pacers between 2010-2017 Paul George is a two-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA Third Team player. 

He was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2011, and went on to become one of the best players in the league over time.

In 2019, he became just the fourth player in history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists and 40 steals in a season - joining Oscar Robertson (1960–1961), LeBron James (2004–2007) and Kevin Durant (2012–2015). 

George has retired from Fresno State as their second all-time leading scorer with 2,336 points. With his new team - Los Angeles Clippers - he looks to take his game even further next season.

Also Played For: indiana pacers, los angeles clippers

5. Jrue Holiday

Point guard

Jrue Holiday Career

  • High school: Campbell Hall (Los Angeles, California)
  • College: UCLA (2008–2009)
  • NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
  • Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Playing career: 2009–present
  • Number: 21, 11
  • 2009–2013: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2013–2020: New Orleans Pelicans
  • 2020–present: Milwaukee Bucks
  • NBA champion (2021), NBA All-Star (2013), 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2018, 2021), 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2019, 2022), NBA Sportsmanship Award (2021), 2× NBA Teammate of the Year (2020, 2022), Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2009), Gatorade National Player of the Year (2008), First-team Parade All-American (2008), Third-team Parade All-American (2007), McDonald's All-American (2008), California Mr. Basketball (2008)
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2020 Tokyo: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2020 Tokyo: Team

Jrue Holiday is a point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks. He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2009 and has since played for them, as well as the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz.

Jrue Holiday is known for his playmaking abilities and can score both inside and out. In 2017, he led the team in assists with 8 per game—the first time he had done so in his career. 

Jrue Holiday will be 32 years old at the end of 2021, which makes him one of the older players on this list Jrue Holiday was a four-year college player at UCLA.

After graduating from UCLA, Jrue signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013 and started playing for them right away. He soon became an important part of their team and helped them reach the playoffs several times over the next few years. 

In 2018, he won his first NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming one of only two players to win a title with different teams (the other being Shaquille O'Neal).

Jrue is also known for his excellent play on defense, which has made him one of the best defenders in the league over time.

Also Played For: milwaukee bucks, fantasy basketball

6. Dikembe Mutombo


Dikembe Mutombo Career

  • High school: Institute Boboto (Kinshasa, DR Congo)
  • College: Georgetown (1988–1991)
  • NBA draft 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
  • Selected by the Denver Nuggets
  • Playing career: 1991–2009
  • Position: Center
  • Number: 55
  • 1991–1996: Denver Nuggets
  • 1996–2001: Atlanta Hawks
  • 2001–2002: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2002–2003: New Jersey Nets
  • 2003–2004: New York Knicks
  • 2004–2009: Houston Rockets
  • 8× NBA All-Star (1992, 1995–1998, 2000–2002), All-NBA Second Team (2001), 2× All-NBA Third Team (1998, 2002), 4× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001), 3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1997, 1998, 2001), 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1995, 1999, 2002), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1992), 2× NBA rebounding leader (2000, 2001), 3× NBA blocks leader (1994–1996), IBM Award (1999), No. 55 retired by Atlanta Hawks, No. 55 retired by Denver Nuggets, Third-team All-American – AP, UPI (1991), First-team All-Big East (1991), Second-team All-Big East (1990), 2× Big East Defensive Player of the Year (1990, 1991)
  • Points: 11,729 (9.8 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 12,359 (10.3 rpg)
  • Blocks: 3,289 (2.8 bpg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Dikembe Mutombo is a 7 foot 2 inch and 260-pound center who was drafted 4th overall in the 1991 NBA draft. He played his entire career with the Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks, retiring after nine seasons in 2009.

Mutombo is widely considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game, winning five MVP Awards and two Finals MVPs during his time in the NBA. 

In 2006, he was named an honorary citizen of Kinshasa, DR Congo - a city that he helped build from scratch as a player for both Denver Nuggets (1991-1996) and Atlanta Hawks (1996-2001).

After retirement, Mutombo has devoted himself to humanitarian work with numerous charities around the world including Operation Smile which helps children with cleft lip or palates receive surgery abroad free of charge. 

Mutombo was one of the most dominant centers in NBA history. He played on six different teams and won three Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Dikembe Mutombo is also a humanitarian, working with several charities throughout Africa. In 1999, he was awarded the IBM Award for his contributions to technology and business.

Also Played For: denver nuggets, center basketball

7. Scottie Pippen

Small forward

Scottie Pippen Career

  • High school: Hamburg (Hamburg, Arkansas)
  • College: Central Arkansas (1983–1987)
  • NBA draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
  • Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
  • Playing career: 1987–2004, 2008
  • Position: Small forward
  • Number: 33
  • 1987–1998: Chicago Bulls
  • 1999: Houston Rockets
  • 1999–2003: Portland Trail Blazers
  • 2003–2004: Chicago Bulls
  • 2008: Torpan Pojat
  • 2008: Sundsvall Dragons
  • 6× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998), 7× NBA All-Star (1990, 1992–1997), NBA All-Star Game MVP (1994), 3× All-NBA First Team (1994–1996), 2× All-NBA Second Team (1992, 1997), 2× All-NBA Third Team (1993, 1998), 8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1992–1999), 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1991, 2000), NBA steals leader (1995), NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), No. 33 retired by Chicago Bulls, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1996), 2× Consensus NAIA All-American (1986, 1987), No. 33 retired by Central Arkansas Bears
  • Points: 18,940 (16.1 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 7,494 (6.4 rpg)
  • Assists: 6,135 (5.2 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 1992 Barcelona: Team competition, : 1996 Atlanta: Team competition, FIBA Americas Championship, : 1992 Portland[2]: Men's basketball
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 1992 Barcelona: Team competition
  • : 1996 Atlanta: Team competition
  • FIBA Americas Championship
  • : 1992 Portland[2]: Men's basketball

Scottie Pippen was an All-Star basketball player for 17 seasons and is considered one of the greatest small forwards in NBA history. He played for the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Portland Trail Blazers before retiring in 2004.

Scottie Pippen has been a vocal advocate for diversity and social justice since his retirement from professional basketball. In 2018, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame alongside former teammate Michael Jordan. 

Scottie Pippen married actress Sandra Bullock in 2014 and they have two children together Scottie Pippen was one of the most accomplished players in NBA history.

He won six championships with the Chicago Bulls and was an All-Star seven times. Pippen also became known for his defensive prowess, leading the league in steals twice. After retiring from basketball, Pippen went on to have a successful career as a television analyst and entrepreneur.

Also Played For: portland trail blazers, chicago bulls

8. Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan Career

  • High school: St. Dunstan's Episcopal, (Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • College: Wake Forest (1993–1997)
  • NBA draft 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
  • Playing career: 1997–2016
  • Position: Power forward / Center
  • Number: 21
  • Coaching career: 2019–2020
  • 5× NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014), 3× NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005), 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2002, 2003), 15× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2011, 2013, 2015), NBA All-Star Game co-MVP (2000), 10× All-NBA First Team (1998–2005, 2007, 2013), 3× All-NBA Second Team (2006, 2008, 2009), 2× All-NBA Third Team (2010, 2015), 8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1999–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008), 7× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1998, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015), NBA Rookie of the Year (1998), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1998), NBA Teammate of the Year (2015), No. 21 retired by San Antonio Spurs, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2003), Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2003), IBM Award (2002), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Consensus national college player of the year (1997), 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1996, 1997), Chip Hilton Player of the Year (1997), NCAA rebounding leader (1997), 3× NABC Defensive Player of the Year (1995–1997), 2× ACC Player of the Year (1996, 1997), 3× First-team All-ACC (1995–1997), No. 21 retired by Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  • Points: 26,496 (19.0 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 15,091 (10.8 rpg)
  • Assists: 4,225 (3.0 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2017
  • Medals, , Men's basketball, Representing the  United States, Olympic Games, : 2004 Athens: Team, FIBA Americas Championship, : 1999 San Juan: Team, : 2003 San Juan: Team, Goodwill Games, : 1994 St. Petersburg: Team, Summer Universiade, : 1995 Fukuoka: Team
  • Men's basketball
  • Representing the  United States
  • Olympic Games
  • : 2004 Athens: Team
  • FIBA Americas Championship
  • : 1999 San Juan: Team
  • : 2003 San Juan: Team
  • Goodwill Games
  • : 1994 St. Petersburg: Team
  • Summer Universiade
  • : 1995 Fukuoka: Team

Tim Duncan is a two-time NBA champion and 14-time All-Star. He also won an Olympic gold medal in 2000 with the U.S. Men's National Team and a silver medal in 1996 with Spain's national team.

As of 2019, he ranks second all-time in scoring (27,387 points) and blocks (11,643). Duncan has served as head coach for the Spurs' Development League affiliate since the 2018–19 season. 

He was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8th, 2020 after completing his 21st year playing professional basketball Tim Duncan is one of the most decorated players in NBA history and was a five-time champion with San Antonio Spurs.

He won three MVPs, 15 All-Star appearances, 10 All-NBA First Team nods, and eight Defensive Player of the Year awards during his illustrious career. Tim Duncan's impact on the game cannot be overstated, as he is widely regarded as one of the greatest big men to play in NBA history.

Also Played For: basketball, san antonio spurs

9. Kawhi Leonard

Los Angeles Clippers

Kawhi Leonard Career

  • High school: , Canyon Springs, (Moreno Valley, California), Martin Luther King, (Riverside, California)
  • College: San Diego State (2009–2011)
  • NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
  • Selected by the Indiana Pacers
  • Playing career: 2011–present
  • 2011–2018: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2018–2019: Toronto Raptors
  • 2019–present: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2× NBA champion (2014, 2019), 2× NBA Finals MVP (2014, 2019), 5× NBA All-Star (2016, 2017, 2019–2021), NBA All-Star Game MVP (2020), 3× All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017, 2021), 2× All-NBA Second Team (2019, 2020), 2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016), 3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2015–2017), 4× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014, 2019–2021), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012), NBA steals leader (2015), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, AP Athlete of the Year (2019), Consensus second-team All-American (2011), 2× First-team All-MWC (2010, 2011), No. 15 retired by San Diego State Aztecs, California Mr. Basketball (2009)

Kawhi Leonard was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 29th, 1991. He played college basketball at San Diego State and was drafted 1st overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2011 NBA draft.

Kawhi has been a 2-time All-Star (2013, 2017) and is currently playing for the LA Clippers in the NBA. He is known for his elite shooting ability, which has helped him accumulate over 25000 points in his career thus far.

Kawhi is married to LaLa Vasquez and they have one child together - a daughter named Sienna Rose. Leonard has been one of the most dominant players in the NBA for several years now and is likely to continue his success with the Clippers.

He was a two-time champion with the Spurs, and he's also won MVP awards in both the Finals and All-Star games. Leonard is known as an incredible defender, posting up opponents or guarding multiple positions on defense. 

His offensive game is equally as impressive, scoring at will from anywhere on the court while creating opportunities for teammates using his passing skillset.

Kawhi Leonard is a true superstar who belongs among basketball's greatest-ever players.

Also Played For: toronto raptors, nba 75th anniversary team

10. Dennis Rodman

Power forward

Dennis Rodman Career

  • High school: South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas)
  • College: , North Central Texas (1983), Southeastern Oklahoma State (1983–1986)
  • NBA draft 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 27th overall
  • Selected by the Detroit Pistons
  • Playing career: 1986–2006
  • Position: Power forward / Small forward
  • Number: 10, 91, 73, 70
  • 1986–1993: Detroit Pistons
  • 1993–1995: San Antonio Spurs
  • 1995–1998: Chicago Bulls
  • 1999: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2000: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2003–2004: Long Beach Jam
  • 2004: Fuerza Regia
  • 2004–2005: Orange County Crush
  • 2005: Torpan Pojat
  • 2005–2006: Tijuana Dragons
  • 2006: Brighton Bears
  • 5× NBA champion (1989, 1990, 1996–1998), 2× NBA All-Star (1990, 1992), 2× All-NBA Third Team (1992, 1995), 2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1990, 1991), 7× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1989–1993, 1995, 1996), NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1994), 7× NBA rebounding champion (1992–1998), IBM Award (1992), NBA 75th Anniversary Team, No. 10 retired by Detroit Pistons, 3× NAIA All-American (1984–1986)
  • Points: 6,683 (7.3 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 11,954 (13.1 rpg)
  • Assists: 1,600 (1.8 apg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Dennis Rodman is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He originally played for the Detroit Pistons, with whom he won two NBA championships.

Rodman then spent time playing for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring in 2006. In his career, he was known for his unorthodox playstyle, which included rebounding and dunking at high levels.

Rodman has since appeared in several films and television shows, including Celebrity Big Brother and The Amazing Race Asia 2–6 . Dennis Rodman was born on May 13th 1961 in Trenton, New Jersey to Kenneth Randall "Kenny" Rodman Sr., an accountant,and Carolyn Elizabeth ("Betty") Hilliard.

 After graduating from South Oak Cliff High School[1], where he starred alongside future Hall of Famer Earvin Magic Johnson, Rodney attended North Central Texas College but transferred after one year to Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he led their team to two NCAA tournament appearances.

On February 8th 1996 while visiting a friend at the Malibu home of Michael Jackson , both men were arrested after allegedly trying to steal $30 million worth of jewelry from MJ's residence.

While awaiting trial they made national headlines by appearing on CNN's Larry King Live ; during this appearance, it came out that Jackson had given Rodman his jacket which had been autographed by Muhammad Ali. 

The charges against them were eventually dropped when prosecutors could not find enough evidence linking either man directly to the theft incident(although Jackson did plead no contest later that year).

Also Played For: detroit pistons, nba defensive

11. John Wall

Point guard

John Wall Career

  • High school: , Garner, (Garner, North Carolina), Word of God, (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • College: Kentucky (2009–2010)
  • NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
  • Selected by the Washington Wizards
  • Playing career: 2010–present
  • 2010–2020: Washington Wizards
  • 2020–2022: Houston Rockets
  • 2022–present: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 5× NBA All-Star (2014–2018), All-NBA Third Team (2017), NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2015), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2011), NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (2014), Adolph Rupp Trophy (2010), Consensus first-team All-American (2010), SEC Player of the Year (2010)

John Wall was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 6, 1990. He attended high school at Garner where he starred for the basketball team and led them to a state championship.

In 2010, Wall was drafted 1st overall by the Washington Wizards in the NBA draft. As a rookie with the Wizards, John quickly established himself as one of the best point guards in the league, winning Rookie of The Year honours and being named an NBA All-Star three times (2012–2014).

Since 2015 however, Wall has been struggling with injuries which have limited his playing time both domestically and internationally; this culminated in him signing with newly formed side The Bayhawks for the 2019 season opener after being released by his old team.

Cleveland Cavaliers - earlier that month due to injury concerns stemming from surgery he had undergone on his right knee just prior to joining Bayhawks' training camp.

Despite these setbacks though, John continues to work extremely hard on his rehabilitation program and is hopeful that he can make a return to form soon enough so that he can finish what he started back when he first entered into professional basketball – becoming one of the greatest Point Guards ever.

Also Played For: washington wizards, kentucky basketball

Final Words

The defensive best players of all time are some of the most respected and feared defenders in the NBA. They are able to stay in front of their opponents and disrupt their passes and shots, which allows their team to win more games.

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Morgan Wolf

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