Ranking the Best Defenders Available in 2016 NBA Draft

January 5th, 2016 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

Prospects who can defend have greater margins for error when making the NBA transition. Being able to lock down your position or guard multiple ones helps compensate for offensive weaknesses likely exposed during rookie and sophomore seasons. 

Plus, while every team has scorers and playmakers, coaches can never have enough defenders.

And this particular draft may offer a handful of quality two-way players of all different sizes. We've got 4s and 5s who protect the rim, as well as guards and wings who secure the perimeter.  

I ranked the top defensive prospects based on their physical tools, current performance, room for growth and likelihood they'll improve. The players with greater NBA potential were given the benefit of the doubt in close calls.


5. Jaylen Brown, California, SF, Freshman

He's not there yet, but if we're projecting long-term NBA potential, Brown has the chance to become a coveted wing defender. 

He aces the eye test with 6'7" size and a ...

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