These guys make your life difficult on the court
Updated: September 16, 2009, 6:20 PM ETBy Fran Fraschilla
EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week leading up to the season, one of our experts will offer up a top 10 list of some sort. Click here for last week's ranking of the top 10 conferences, according to Jay Bilas. Great defenders come in all shapes and sizes. Some can disrupt an offense with their relentless pressure on the basketball, while others can close out to a seemingly open man and turn a good shot into a low-percentage shot. There are also players who protect the basket and eliminate their team's defensive mistakes with their length and timing. That's why I've broken my best defenders into three categories: the Pests, the Stoppers and the Rim Protectors.
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