Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs
An All-Defensive Team member four seasons running, Bowen’s never been a numbers guy (3.5 rpg, 0.7 spg, 0.5 bpg) but remains a stellar perimeter stopper.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
One of the top rebounders (5.9 rpg) and shot-blockers (0.8 bpg) at the guard position, Bryant (1.3 spg) has earned five consecutive All-Defensive Team honors with his smothering D.
Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets
Ranking first in total blocks (193) and second in defensive rebounds per 48 minutes (12.6), Camby’s finally looking for respect after never having received a defensive accolade.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Duncan (11.3 rpg, 2.7 bpg) has garnered Defensive Team honors every year of his career but has yet to earn the coveted DPOY award.
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
The only player in the league to be named First-Team All-Defense the last five seasons, Garnett is first this year in rebounds per game (13.8) in addition to contributing 1.4 blocks and 1.5 steals per outing.
Larry Hughes, Washington Wizards
Leads the NBA in steals on both a per game (2.8) and 48-minute (3.5) basis, while adding 6.4 rebounds a night.
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
Iverson’s second in the NBA in steals per game (2.5) and, some would say, No. 1 in toughness. He has led the league in steals three times.
Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns
Marion is on pace to become only the second player (David Robinson, 1991-92) to rank in the top five in rebounds (11.5 rpg, 3rd) and steals (2.0, 4th). He also posts 1.4 bpg.
Shaquille O’Neal , Miami Heat
Having magically reversed the fortunes of the Miami Heat this season, O’Neal is fifth in rebounds (10.6 rpg) and second in total blocks (169).
Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons
Two-time Defensive Player of the Year is second in rebounds (12.1 rpg), sixth in blocks (2.4) and 21st in steals (1.4 spg).