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Building a defensive dream team: The starting five

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The All-Defensive NBA First Team read Chris Paul, Avery Bradley; Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan last season, and they were worthy winners indeed.

However, if you were looking to build a defensive orientated team from the ground up and wanted lockdown players in every position, who would you select?

We decided to put this theory to the test and draft our very own defensive dream team.

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PG: Russell Westbrook

Who wouldn't want the energetic Westbrook at the point? The Oklahoma City Thunder star is a bona fide franchise player now and he has become the league's premier triple-double threat.

He's so damn active and explosive. Still only 27, he averaged two steals a night last season and a league-high 7.8 rebounds for a point guard.

His insistence on getting involved and hustling hard really sets the tone.

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

SG: Jimmy Butler

The Chicago Bulls' man at the two-spot has made the All-Defensive Second Team on three different occasions, but he is yet to make the top five.

At only 26-years-old, Butler has always shown a keen sense of basketball IQ on the defensive end. He has a career average of 1.4 steals a night and 6'7" he has that extra bit of reach at shooting guard.

He's one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and no backcourt duo would enjoy a night against Westbrook and Butler.

Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks man exploded into life when he operated like a guard last season and he even spent some time at the one spot, recording five triple-doubles after the All-Star break.

The Greek Freak is 6'11", a lean 221lbs and is still only 21-years-old. He's an athletic freak of nature who, incredibly, only took three dribbles to get from his own free throw line to the rim against the Brooklyn Nets last season.

Nobody is stopping that kind of athlete in full flight. He also has a wingspan of about 7'4" and averaged 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks a game last year. Kawhi Leonard is the rightful defensive king of the NBA, let alone the three-spot, but Antetokounmpo will get there.

PF: Anthony Davis

Mark my words: Anthony Davis will be the best player in the NBA one day. Not just the best forward, the best player.

The 2012 number one draft pick has shown unbelievable potential during his four years in the league and it's a shame his season got cut short last term because of a niggling shoulder injury.

At only 23-years-old, standing 6'10" at a mean 253lbs, Davis isn't your ordinary specimen. He already has a career average of 2.4 blocks a night and his lightening speed, coupled with a wingspan of 7'5.5", makes him a matchup nightmare.

New Orleans Pelicans v Houston Rockets

For a frankly average New Orleans Pelicans side, he managed to knock down 59 points and grab 20 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons back in February and, interestingly, that's where we are going to grab our center from.

C: Andre Drummond

For the record, Drummond registered 21 points and 14 rebounds that night when Davis well and truly went off, but that paled in significance to The Brow's efforts.

The 23-year-old Drummond led the league in rebounds last season and in addition to Westbrook and Davis, we're fairly certain they wouldn't struggle cleaning the glass in our dream team.

The Pistons' No. 0 has a career-average of 1.6 blocks, but the fact that a big man like him could also record 1.5 steals a night last term is highly unusual.

Detroit Pistons v Golden State Warriors

Drummond is focused on the defensive end and has proven to be a fine leader in Detroit that often belies his age. He's a 6'11" center that that is far more nimble than he should be and his determination sets himself apart from the rest. Rudy Gobert competed hard for this slot, but Drummond will only get better and better.

With Westbrook the oldest player of the bunch at 27, how long would this defensive juggernaut likely dominate?

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