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The top defenses from the last five decades

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: October 16, 2009
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’00s: Detroit. The Spurs deserve recognition, but the Pistons, with Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups on the perimeter and Ben Wallace inside, consistently ranked near the top of the league in points allowed and opponents’ field goal percentage.

’90s: Chicago. The Bulls are the classic example of how an athletic team can wreak havoc. Known as the "Doberman Defense,” Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant suffocated teams.

’80s: Philadelphia. The Sixers featured three of the best defensive players on one team (Bobby Jones, Maurice Cheeks and Moses Malone). All three consistently were named first-team All-Defense.

’70s: Portland: The Trail Blazers won a championship, led by three players selected first-team All-Defense — Maurice Lucas, Lionel Hollins and Bill Walton.

’60s: New York: Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier and Willis Reed were all named first team All-Defense during a decade when NBA teams routinely averaged 115 or more points.


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