The Big (defensive) Four
The Bulls currently own spots Nos. 4-6 on the top 20, thanks to the efforts of Taj Gibson (97.4), Ronnie Brewer (97.9), and Carlos Boozer (98.8). Luol Deng (101.9) makes it four in the top 18. Boston counters with four players in the top 12, topped by Kevin Garnett (94.4) second only to Dwight Howard in the league. Boston also sweeps spots Nos. 10-12 thanks to Rajon Rondo (99.6), Glen Davis (100.1), and Paul Pierce (100.5).
Some might wonder how Davis is in that mix. In the absence of a consistent starting center this season, he's logged the most time with the Big Three and Rajon Rondo and is essentially a glorified starter. Ironically, Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal, Kendrick Perkins and Semih Erden all boasted sub-100 defensive ratings, but don't appear to have logged enough floor time to qualify.
Where's Ray Allen? Due in part to the extended sessions he's logged with the second unit (an inconsistent bench at best to start the season), his defensive rating has suffered.
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