Offense wins games, defense wins championships, the latter being the ultimate goal of every team in the NBA Draft. That adage has stood the test of time ever since competitive professional sports became the norm and, in many cases, it could not be more true. Scoring is all well and good, but it means nothing if the other team cannot be stopped from putting points on the board.
That means that on the court, a proper pest is needed. This breed of basketball player primarily comes in two forms, great all-around players or specialists, but the long and short of it is that a proper NBA pest just plays excellent on-ball defense from start to finish and drives his opponent to distraction. For every Chris Paul, there is a Tony Allen. A Rajon Rondo for every P.J. Tucker.
And there are plenty of teams in this year’s NBA Draft that could be in the market for a strong pest. In a perfect world, the following five would be readily available should they choose to draft for such a role in either round one or two.