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Compared to the 90’s and early 2000’s, and with the rise of the three-point shot, NBA defenses have evolved into complicated beasts. No longer is it just about staying in front of your man, but more so playing defense as a team, switching on picks, rotating at the right times, and ultimately, preventing the outside shot and drive, settling for mid-range jumpers.

That’s why having a collection of players that are capable defenders, instead of one standout defensive superstar who can guard the majority of the opposition lineup one-on-one, is far more valuable to the success of a franchise.

With that being said, we’re going to run through five of the best defensive duos in the game today — that is, two players on any given team who have a low combined opponent field goal percentage. You may be surprised with the results.

 

5. Al Horford And Marcus Smart – 42.4 Opponent FG%

 

4. Andre Iguodala And Klay Thompson – 41.7 Opponent FG%

 

3. Robert Covington And Joel Embiid – 41.5 Opponent FG%

 

2. Joel Embiid And J.J. Redick – 41.4 Opponent FG%

 

1. Joel Embiid And Ben Simmons – 40.9 Opponent FG%

One thing’s for certain, the Philadelphia 76ers have a very bright future on the defensive end.

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