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NBA / May 5, 2010 / 4:05 pm

The 2010 NBA All-No Defense Team

Carlos Boozer (photo. Jeff Salter)

As it happens so often with the NBA’s All-Defensive Team voting, determining the League’s worst defenders also has a lot to do with reputation and misconception.

Because so much of the fan base (and media) doesn’t really understand the intricacies of help defense, playing a zone, and defensive schemes in general, we often just see one guy getting beat off the dribble or one guy get dunked on a few times and quickly peg him a bad defensive player.

A couple weeks ago when I interviewed Milwaukee Bucks defensive stopper Luc Richard Mbah a Moute — who received one Defensive Player of the Year vote and a handful of All-Defensive Team nods — he continually talked about his teammates and about the importance of having good help D behind him.

“People watching think it’s all one-on-one, but they don’t see what’s going on behind you,” Mbah a Moute said.

So consider that when compiling this 2010 NBA All-No Defense Team, I’m not claiming to be an expert on the craft. And as an example of how team defense plays such a big role, you’ll notice there aren’t any Golden State Warriors on this list. How’s that? Because more than any individual defender, G-State’s propensity to get rained on was more about their scheme. And just like a player who didn’t get in enough games to qualify for the All-Defensive Team, some of the Warriors’ worst defenders were injured most of the year.

Long story short, it’s an inexact process. But I do know who I don’t want guarding a big-time scorer in a clutch situation:

FIRST TEAM
Derek Fisher, PG, Lakers
Jose Calderon, PG, Raptors
Peja Stojakovic, SF, Hornets
Charlie Villanueva, SF/PF, Pistons
Carlos Boozer, PF/C, Jazz

SECOND TEAM
Steve Nash, PG, Suns
Ben Gordon, SG, Pistons
Mike Dunleavy Jr., SF, Pacers
Antawn Jamison, PF, Cavs
David Lee, C, Knicks

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  • isotope

    Derek Fisher tries, he’s just not fast enough. Kyle Korver should be on the list. What about Carmelo? Amare?

  • Arno

    When you’re quick as Tony Parker, you should get steals and stop your opponent on the dribble, which never actually happens. I’ve also seen Tony play a hundred times with the French NT and I reckon that he is a legit first no defense team.

  • Promoman

    Nash tries somewhat too but he’s in the same boat as Derek Fisher. David Lee will play hard & try to defend but he isn’t good at it either. Hedo Turkoglu loafs on defense too.

  • Natedog

    The Golden State Warriors

  • D A

    The entire Roster of T.O.

    I’m a big fan of the Raps but they are Efensive specialists.

  • oaxiac

    fisher’s old and slow but he’s still a decent team defender, I’d replace his spot with any of the Golden State D-league All Stars.

  • oaxiac

    And where’s A.I.?

  • Antouan

    I’d much rather have David Lee defending a big than lets say….Andrea Bargnani or Spencer Hawes

  • marcus the great

    amare stoudemire

  • dapro

    Nash will at least take a charge which is similar to getting steals in that it results in a turnover.

  • cake

    Rashard Lewis is a terrible defender. Another reason Dwight should of received more serious consideration for MVP.

  • the cynic

    Calderon can play all five positions

  • http://www.getbuckets.anywhere.com Chicagorilla

    How about Loul Deng? He gets bombed by every SF the Bulls play. And the entire Bulls front line is terrible at on ball post defence. but there are teams that happen to be worse.

  • MJ_FADE_AWAY

    my top 5 would be

    1.john salmons
    2.hedo turkoglu
    3.vince carter
    4.leandro barbosa
    5.mo evans

  • K Dizzle

    Mo Evans? You gotta wach more ball. Evans is only in the league cuz he ds up.
    Fish and Nash on this list is just wrong. Those two are 1-2 in charges drawn year after year. And it’s not only their guys chargin, but other positions too, which says alot about their helpside and their will to sacrifice for the team. Give respect to effort

    Real list:
    PG – Calderon
    SG – Vince Carter
    SF – Peja
    PF – Z-Bo
    C – Bargnani

  • Badger

    Nash and Fisher take charges because that’s all they can do when they’re not getting blown by. And taking even 2-3 charges per game (which I’m sure is too high a number, it’s probably more like 1 charge per game maybe) doesn’t make up for constantly getting scored on.

  • jau

    okay guys… you have to lay off andrea a lil bit… hes a good (ok DECENT) man on man defender… hes just bad on HELP defense and a bad rebounder… I can see why you guys put him there and if this was last year or two years ago I would’ve put him in but this year he’s been much better (man on man that is)

    however jose is horrible so he should definitely beat out fisher

  • JAY

    jau… wrong. Andrea is dumb. he has no concept of defense and spacing.

  • yeahokayguy

    hahahah..on the golden state warriors commment

    my list:
    1) baron davis
    2) ben gordon
    3) jason kapono
    4) matt bonner / charlie v
    5) bargnani

  • nick

    @yeahokayguy

    u serious with baron on ur list? dude is one of the top players in the league when it comes to steals. his problem is he is injured most of the time.

    how about jr smith, jaamal crawford, jj reddick.

  • dvs

    Gordons not as bad as i thought. He isn’t good, but if he’s on someone his size or similar he’s quick enough to stay in front of them.

  • http://www.getbuckets.anywhere.com Chicagorilla

    sooo, Brian Scalabrini didn’t make the list because……?

  • QQ

    I would like to call my list ‘The So-called Superstars that can’t fucking defend’ list:

    PG Nashty – cats are right; he at least TRIES to defend, but just doesn’t have the skills to do so.

    SG Monta Ellis – That is why in 2-3 years, Steph Curry will be better than him. Just doesn’t give any effort in D.

    SF Carmelo – just fucking dumb as hell. Unreal scorer, but yall gotta agree (even you Nugs fans), dude is one fucking dumb baller.

    PF Amare – No effort in D, has all the recipes to be at least a decent defender, but no, he’s gonna use all his energy dunking and screaming (and demanding max money cause he’s a ‘franchise player’… Ugh).

    C Boozer – Minimal effort, and minimal D skills so it evens out.

  • Coop

    Adam Morrison. It’s just all bad news.

  • e

    mo williams doesnt play any defense

  • Knicksfan84

    David Lee & Chris Duhon MUST be on the 1st TEAM. Those two’s defense is INCREDIBLY bad.

  • s.bucketz

    “As it happens so often with the NBA’s All-Defensive Team voting, determining the League’s worst defenders also has a lot to do with reputation and misconception.

    Because so much of the fan base (and media) doesn’t really understand the intricacies of help defense, playing a zone, and defensive schemes in general, we often just see one guy getting beat off the dribble or one guy get dunked on a few times and quickly peg him a bad defensive player.”

    so you guys must b talkin bout urselves there right??ima say it 1 more time for every1…
    DAVID LEE IS NOT A TERRIBLE DEFENDER!!!!fuck…get ur heads outta ur asses and watch a game…i bet all of you would get lit up by someone 5-6 inches taller than you on a nightly basis…and the thing is…hes not even gettin lit up too much

  • Nyeme

    When I think of All-No Defense Team, I just think of players that don’t even act like they want to try…

    Nash, Fisher, David Lee all at least make some effort. They just are not good at it. But then you have players like:

    PG – Monta Ellis
    SG – Ben Gordon – has he ever recorded a steal in his NBA career?
    SF – Predrag Stojakovic
    PF – Amare Stoudemire – he doesn’t put up any effort unless ball is in his hands
    C – Andrea Bargnani

  • Dori

    G – Ben Gordon – has he ever recorded a steal in his NBA career?

    It´s the dumbest thing I´ve heard to judge his defensive ability from his steals stats !!

    But you asked.. and he´s averaging around one steal per game in his career which is nearly 400 totals. So yes he has recorded a steal.

    I´m not saying he´s a good defender, because he´s not and his size is not helping but your arguiment is stupid. It´s not like Kobe got 4 steals per game.

  • BayAreaBaller

    Monta Ellis?? Hahaha I know he has a terrible reputation as do the Warriors when it comes to defense, but Monta has been among the league leaders in steals the last couple years, and I believe finished 3rd this season. The guy is not a bad defender, he just has to guard 6’6 SGs every night since they have a small backcourt which puts him at a disadvantage, as it would any 6’3 player with a PGs body/frame; but his defense isn’t as bad as you bums think. Watch the games before you comment, please!

    My Top 5:

    PG- Calderon/Nash
    SG- Earl “JR” Smith
    SF- Hedo Turkoglu
    PF- Amare Stoudamire
    C- Mehmet Okur

  • QQ

    @ 22:

    Cause we’re talking bout the NBA, and Scal isn’t an NBA player. He’s a marketing tool used by the Celtics to trick losers into thinking they can play ball professionally.

  • Aarin

    Dirk has to be there. And Big Z, Zydrunas Ilgauskas is by far the slowest player and worst defender in the L.

  • ballin

    So many people here are going simply by reputation and not by actual defense.

    Austin’s first team was dead-on, except Bargnani should have been in the center position instead of Boozer.

    As far as the 2nd team is concerned, Duhon’s defense is worse than Nash’s, Boozer is worse than David Lee (whose defense really isn’t that bad) and the rest seem about right to me

  • Nyeme

    @Dori I was exaggerating on Ben Gordon’s steals, but he truly is horrible on defense, doesn’t do even the basics (like try to stay with his opponent, hands up, sliding feet), have you ever even seem him up in the offensive players’ face or even commit on the double-team or trap?

    And he does average less than 1 steal per game.

  • http://www.hbo.com/the-wire/index.html jasondolemite

    Not being racist or anything, but anyone notice that half of the players on the lists are white?

  • bdk23

    or have somethin to do with canada – nash (born in BC,) or Calderon,Turkoglu Bargnani(raptor players)

  • K Dizzle

    Nash…..born in South Africa…

  • Thom

    I’d go:

    1st Team

    G Johnny Flynn
    G Calderon
    F Al Thornton
    F Villanueva
    C Spencer Hawes

    2nd Team

    G Fisher
    G Chris Duhon
    F Corey Maggette
    F Andray Blatche
    C Andrea Bargnani

    Anyone who uses steals to judge a player’s defense can’t be trusted to construct a decent list. Iverson always got a lot steals, but he was still one of the worst defenders (mostly during the latter half of his career) I’ve ever seen. Using steals would mean Monta Ellis is a good defender, which is just laughable.

  • John X

    pg – Jose Calderon : No effort, no lateral speed, no defensive heart. He’s been burned more often then a 3-dollar hooker with herpes.

    sg – Ben Gordon : I’ve been a lifelong Pistons fan, but even I can’t deny BG’s inept D. Too short to defend proper SG’s, not disciplined enough to defend PG’s. [side note: Ben ALWAYS turns his head away from his assignment at inopportune times]

    sf – Peja Stojakavic : Remember when he was in (semi) All-star form with the Kings? Neither do I. This Euro’s defense is softer than his feathery, constantly left-leaning release.

    pf – Carlos Boozer : HE DOES NOT TRY. AT ALL. All this mulatto bear cares about is getting paid. Simply put, Carlos has the most deceiving 20/10 output of any big man in the L.

    c – Jermaine O’neal : I don’t wanna hear any crap about this one. Babyface O’neal is absolutely terrible on defense. How many times does he need to get shat on before someone pulls the plug on his career? Oh, and not to mention he is always amongst the most blocked-on players every year. He was immature as a Blazer, overrated as a Pacer, and senile as a member of the Heat.