NBA & ABA Progressive Leaders and Records for Defensive Rating

Active players are listed in bold.
Members of the Hall of Fame are marked with an asterisk (*).

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  Year-by-Year DRtg   Active DRtg   Career DRtg   Single Season DRtg
1973-74Bob Lanier* 87.99               Bob Lanier* 87.99
1974-75Elvin Hayes* 87.60               Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1975-76George Johnson 89.81               Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1976-77Bobby Jones 89.91               Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1977-78Bill Walton* 89.50   Elvin Hayes* 91.85   Elvin Hayes* 91.85   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1978-79Robert Parish* 94.37   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 92.34   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 92.34   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1979-80Tree Rollins 95.90   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 93.45   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 93.45   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1980-81Alvan Adams 96.24   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 94.39   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 94.39   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1981-82Jack Sikma 97.23   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 95.28   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 95.28   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1982-83Alton Lister 96.19   Dave Cowens* 95.52   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1983-84Alton Lister 98.63   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 96.89   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1984-85Mark Eaton 96.50   George Johnson 96.61   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1985-86Bill Walton* 97.49   George Johnson 96.67   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1986-87Hakeem Olajuwon* 98.75   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 98.58   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1987-88Hakeem Olajuwon* 98.05   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 99.01   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1988-89Hakeem Olajuwon* 94.86   Mark Eaton 99.29   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1989-90Hakeem Olajuwon* 93.43   Hakeem Olajuwon* 98.04   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1990-91Hakeem Olajuwon* 93.39   Hakeem Olajuwon* 97.55   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1991-92David Robinson* 94.38   Hakeem Olajuwon* 97.70   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1992-93Patrick Ewing* 94.34   Hakeem Olajuwon* 97.52   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1993-94Patrick Ewing* 92.88   David Robinson* 97.09   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1994-95Scottie Pippen* 98.25   David Robinson* 97.35   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1995-96David Robinson* 96.45   David Robinson* 97.23   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1996-97Alonzo Mourning* 95.31   David Robinson* 97.28   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1997-98David Robinson* 93.61   David Robinson* 96.93   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1998-99David Robinson* 87.94   David Robinson* 96.41   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
1999-00David Robinson* 92.22   David Robinson* 96.04   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
2000-01Marcus Camby 90.56   David Robinson* 95.74   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
2001-02Ben Wallace 92.89   David Robinson* 95.68   Gar Heard 95.30   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
2002-03Ben Wallace 89.99   Tim Duncan 94.38   Tim Duncan 94.38   Elvin Hayes* 87.60
2003-04Ben Wallace 87.48   Ben Wallace 92.77   Ben Wallace 92.77   Ben Wallace 87.48
2004-05Tim Duncan 93.17   Ben Wallace 92.94   Ben Wallace 92.94   Ben Wallace 87.48
2005-06Tim Duncan 94.41   Ben Wallace 93.23   Ben Wallace 93.23   Ben Wallace 87.48
2006-07Tim Duncan 94.45   Ben Wallace 93.42   Ben Wallace 93.42   Ben Wallace 87.48
2007-08Kevin Garnett 93.85   Tim Duncan 94.01   Tim Duncan 94.01   Ben Wallace 87.48
2008-09Dwight Howard 94.56   Ben Wallace 94.42   Ben Wallace 94.42   Ben Wallace 87.48
2009-10Dwight Howard 95.44   Tim Duncan 94.92   Tim Duncan 94.92   Ben Wallace 87.48
2010-11Dwight Howard 94.18   Tim Duncan 95.25   Tim Duncan 95.25   Ben Wallace 87.48
2011-12Kevin Garnett 94.21   Tim Duncan 95.39   Gar Heard 95.30   Ben Wallace 87.48
2012-13Tim Duncan 94.97   Tim Duncan 95.37   Gar Heard 95.30   Ben Wallace 87.48
2013-14Joakim Noah 95.82   Tim Duncan 95.49   Gar Heard 95.30   Ben Wallace 87.48
2014-15Kawhi Leonard 96.39   Tim Duncan 95.56   Gar Heard 95.30   Ben Wallace 87.48
2015-16Hassan Whiteside 94.52   Tim Duncan 95.57   Gar Heard 95.30   Ben Wallace 87.48
2016-17Andre Drummond 93.79   Dwight Howard 98.98   Gar Heard 95.30   Ben Wallace 87.48
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