Sandiford-Artest picks his Top-5 NBA defenders: ‘I don’t think Kobe is as good of a defender as Jordan’

2021-10-04 11:31
Credit: AFP – Scanpix
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Former NBA forward Metta Sandiford-Artest, better known as Ron Artest, named his best five defenders in the NBA.

"Bill Russell gotta be No. 1. Then, you probably gotta have Wilt (Chamberlain) with 26 defensive rebounds," Sandiford-Artest said Getcha Popcorn Ready with Terrell Owens and Matthew Hachette podcast. "(Dennis) Rodman - he's incredible. Then, probably Michael Jordan."

Sandiford-Artest was also asked whether Kobe Bryant would make his list.

"I don't think Kobe is as good of a defender as Michael Jordan, he responded. "I think I've seen Jordan differently because I looked up to Jordan's defense."

"Like when I was watching Jordan, I was like, 'His offense is incredible. I'm not even gonna try to accomplish that.' But his defense is like... I would watch him play defense. He's just locking guys up.'" Sandiford-Artest added.

So, who made the final spot on Sandiford-Artest's list?

"If I had to pick one more, Ben Wallace is an amazing defender. [Scottie] Pippen is an amazing defender, but I'm not sure he's better than Rodman or Jordan," Sandiford-Artest concluded.


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