All-Defense: Lots of contenders for best defenders

Originally Published: April 18, 2007
By John Hollinger | ESPN Insider
Rating defensive players is one of the most challenging areas for a basketball analyst, and one in which I continue to beat my head against my desk looking for a solution.

However, in the quest to better understand an individual's contributions, I would argue that having some information is usually preferable to having none. With that in mind, I used what limited data we do have to rate the league's top defensive players on their performance this season. Then, with those numbers in hand, I've chosen all-defensive teams and a defensive player of the year.