May 09, 2007
SI Players Poll
[Based on a survey of 271 NBA players]
Who is the toughest defender in the NBA?
Bruce Bowen, Spurs F.....37%
Ron Artest, Kings F.....31%
Ben Wallace, Bulls C.....11%
Andrei Kirilenko, Jazz F.....4%
Kobe Bryant, Lakers G.....3%
Tim Duncan, Spurs FC.....2%
Raja Bell, Suns G.....2%
Dwight Howard, Magic F/C.....1%
Alonzo Mourning, Heat C.....1%
Gerald Wallace, Bobcats G/F.....1%
FAST FACTS: Poll taken during the regular season.... Bowen has made seven straight NBA All-Defense teams but has yet to be named Defensive Player of the Year; Nuggets center Marcus Camby, who won the award this season, failed to receive a vote in this poll.... Artest was the only one of the top nine vote-getters whose team did not make the playoffs this season.

Photograph by Robert Beck/SI

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