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One of the most valuable things to have on your NBA 2K12 squad is a defensive stopper, someone who can guard the opposing teamís best player in crunch time. Using a combination of Defensive Awareness, On Ball Defense, and Steal or Block, Iíve attempted to rate the top perimeter defenders in NBA 2K12. While the formula is probably a little flawed, it sums the defensive awareness, on ball defense and a playerís steal or block rating, whichever is higher, to create a final number. Here is the list. It includes guards and small forwards only.

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# 1 petersondagreat @ 02/06/12 01:38 PM
Tony Allen should have the best on ball D in the league
 
# 2 hoop xyience @ 02/06/12 01:49 PM
Battier can guard 1-5 and for some reason 2k think he's Reggie Miller from 3
Thabo
Rondo
Gerald Wallace
Wade



Honorable Mention : Dawar may not be as high but size and speed make up for it.

Chris Singleton
Kawi Lenard
Wes Mattews
Shawn Marion
Prince
 
# 3 duhitsrandy @ 02/06/12 01:54 PM
no iggy love for his D? olympic and all-star finalist and its definitely not for his offense
 
# 4 hoop xyience @ 02/06/12 01:56 PM
Ohhhh yea Iggy is a goon on D
 
# 5 BasedTaylor @ 02/06/12 02:09 PM
Best on ball defender is without a doubt Tony Allen. Then there's Iggy, Lebron, Wade, Affalo, Kobe (still doin it), Deng, Brewer, Hinrich, etc.
 
# 6 BasedTaylor @ 02/06/12 02:11 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by hoop xyience
Battier can guard 1-5 and for some reason 2k think he's Reggie Miller from 3
Thabo
Rondo
Gerald Wallace
Wade



Honorable Mention : Dawar may not be as high but size and speed make up for it.

Chris Singleton
Kawi Lenard
Wes Mattews
Shawn Marion
Prince


Dude is gonna be an all defensive 1st teamer throughout his career as long as his offense lets him play at least 25 minutes a game. Maybe he can develop his 3 point shot and he's set.
 
# 7 hoop xyience @ 02/06/12 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by BasedTaylor
Dude is gonna be an all defensive 1st teamer throughout his career as long as his offense lets him play at least 25 minutes a game. Maybe he can develop his 3 point shot and he's set.
Yes sir I believe he can be an excellent defender one day he's just on bad team as of right now
 
# 8 teebee @ 02/06/12 04:08 PM
CP3 as a good defender LOLZ; steals don't mean you are a good defender.

Paul gets lit by virtually every pg he faces, he is NOT a good on-ball defender but much like john stockton he is an elite off ball passing lanes theif

there is a difference and the two are nowhere near the same thing; Kyle Lowry, now THERE is a good perimeter defender
 
# 9 BasedTaylor @ 02/06/12 04:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by teebee
CP3 as a good defender LOLZ; steals don't mean you are a good defender.

Paul gets lit by virtually every pg he faces, he is NOT a good on-ball defender but much like john stockton he is an elite off ball passing lanes theif

there is a difference and the two are nowhere near the same thing; Kyle Lowry, now THERE is a good perimeter defender

Agreed on Paul. You could categorize a lot of guys into that category of overrated on ball defenders because they get steals. IMO it's like cornerbacks in the NFL. Take D Hall for example. He's horrid at coverage but he gets INT's so he gets Pro Bowls etc. (DUMB).
 
# 10 stillfeelme @ 02/06/12 07:23 PM
These ratings only tell part of the story. Playing against the heat I would say Wade is underated. There are hidden ratings that apply to different teams and he is one of the only guards I consistently see blocking shots on the perimeter or in the paint. Steals are usually a good indicator of active hands and the ability to play passing lanes combined with high awareness. My top pick would be Tony Allen dude is just versatile on the defensive end.
 
# 11 Find_the_Door @ 02/06/12 10:51 PM
Wesley Matthews is a damn good on ball defender

Gerald Wallace is a good on ball defender, he's also fantastic at playing the passing lanes and an underrated shot blocker.

Nicolas Batum is very similar to Gerald Wallace defensively, both are very good at trailing someone on a break and blocking shots.
 
# 12 mrprice33 @ 02/06/12 11:12 PM
Andre Iguodala not a top 12 perimeter defender?

What the?
 
# 13 EvanChelio @ 02/07/12 12:01 AM
Too Bad I have to edit my rosters to give Luol Deng his due on defense in this game. He's probably the the 2nd best perimeter SF defenders in the game after LeBron. He's better than Ronnie at defense. trust me I see the games....
 
# 14 Illuminati @ 02/07/12 12:11 AM
James Johnson is a top 5 defenderi n the nba
 
# 15 Norris_Cole @ 02/07/12 04:20 AM
No love for Avery Bradley?, If we are talking about on ball defense he is a top 5 easily
 
# 16 jd_newton72 @ 02/07/12 11:26 AM
This makes me go into m assassination and edit tony Allen's defensive stats. He's the best defender.
 
# 17 Colts18 @ 02/07/12 11:35 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Norris_Cole
No love for Avery Bradley?, If we are talking about on ball defense he is a top 5 easily
Top 5, no. Solid young defender, YES.
 
# 18 deathsai @ 02/07/12 01:21 PM
Kind of a joke topic because there's no such thing as perimeter defense in NBA2k.
 
# 19 Naismithball @ 02/07/12 04:28 PM
Andre Iguodala? How is he not on this list? He's actually statistically the BEST wing defender in the league.
 
# 20 Illuminati @ 02/07/12 05:22 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by KCClassic7807
Me personally I like the long defenders I agree with everyone on the list. My personal favorite under the radar defenders are.

Chris Singleton
Nick Batum
Mike Beasley
Demar Derozan
Terrence Williams
DD-Batum and Beasley are one of the leagues worst defenders at each of their respective positions.
 

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