By Wally Jacobs @Wjac1 on March 28, 2014
Here's a breakdown of the NBA's top five defenses based on opponent's field goal percentage during the 2013-14 season.
Usually any team that has Dwight Howard as their center will be in the top five of defenses. But it's more than just Howard holding down the defense for the Houston Rockets. Omer Asik is also one of the hardest big men in the league to score on, and James Harden and Patrick Beverly are capable of shutting down almost any backcourt in the NBA.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are more than an offensive juggernaut, they're also one of the top teams in the NBA on defense. With the defensive dynamic-duo of Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka, there's a good chance one of those players will get a block anytime someone drives in the paint. Scorers Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's lives are easier when either of their two big men are on the court.
Yes, the Golden State Warriors actually rank third on this list. Surprising or not, the Warriors' defense is no joke. Andrew Bogut is the team's rim protector while Jermaine O'Neal is proving there is still some life in those old legs. And don't let Klay Thompson fool you as just being a shooter, he's also a tough perimeter defender.
It seems like the Chicago Bulls are always at the top of the list when it comes to opponent's field goal percentage. Head coach Tom Thibideau stresses defense and players such as Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich never let him down. Their defense can be suffocating at times, which only leads to opponents taking a lot of bad shots right as the 24-second shot clock expires.
The Indiana Pacers are the NBA's elite when it comes to defense and defensive field goal percentage. Holding opponents to 41 percent shooting, teams have found it difficult to just get a shot off when playing against the Pacers. With Roy Hibbert clogging the paint, and Paul George and George Hill locking down opposing small forwards and guards, the Pacers are capable of beating anyone with their championship-caliber defense.
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