CL Edition: Top Defensive Big Man of All-Time

Best Defender of All-Time

Poll ended at Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:32 pm

Bill Russell
11
45%
Mark Eaton
0
No votes
David Robinson
0
No votes
Dennis Rodman
6
25%
Hakeem Olajuwon
5
20%
Dikembe Mutombo
1
4%
Ben Wallace
0
No votes
Dwight Howard
1
4%
Kevin Garnett
0
No votes
Tim Duncan
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 24

Re: CL Edition: Top Defensive Big Man of All-Time

Postby gcclaker on Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:39 am

Russell revolutionized the game with his defense. Thurmond is NEVER mentioned unless you have seen him which I did not [same with Russell] or take the word of the players who went up against him. I did not see Abdul-Jabbar in his prime either [early to mid 1970's]. It was a close call for me between Olajuwon and Rodman but I went with the former.
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Re: CL Edition: Top Defensive Big Man of All-Time

Postby TIME on Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:43 am

Some fun old school / new school debates here.

I do know Kareem called Thurmond the toughest defender he ever faced.

I'll vote Russell on this poll, with Hakeem a valid argument.
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Re: CL Edition: Top Defensive Big Man of All-Time

Postby JoelMyersScrotalSack on Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:17 pm

I have Russell in his own tier, and Hakeem in his own tier below that. Then everyone else I think you can make a argument for the order, but those two guys IMO are untouchable as the two defensive GOATs
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Re: CL Edition: Top Defensive Big Man of All-Time

Postby Alleyhoops on Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:52 pm

I would have put Nate Thurmond second behind Russell.
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Re: CL Edition: Top Defensive Big Man of All-Time

Postby Alleyhoops on Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:00 pm

TIME wrote:Some fun old school / new school debates here.

I do know Kareem called Thurmond the toughest defender he ever faced.

I'll vote Russell on this poll, with Hakeem a valid argument.


Ha! I posted about Nate before reading other posts and just saw yours. Chamberlin said the same thing about Thurmond's defense. Nate was a monstrously great defender and not bad on the other end either. A great, hard working talent that was overshadowed by a couple very high profile hall of famers. He was a superb ballplayer and about as good defensively as it gets.
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