5. Klay Thompson
This may come as a surprise to some, but in my mind, Klay Thompson is the best 2-Way Shooting Guard in the NBA. While he doesn't pick up the steals and blocks that many other worse defensive players get, he locks down the best perimeter offensive player on the opposing team, and excels at it. His big emergence as a defender was when he forced Tony Parker to struggle in the 2012-13 Play-Offs when they were matched up and he has continued to do that on a nightly basis this past season as evidenced by this video of him locking Chris Paul down.
'The Hand' really excelling this season even though the Spurs won't let him shine offensively. His defensive skills are elite as his #4 ranking shows how good he is. He is a future star who like Thompson, doesn't necessarily get a lot of steals and blocks, but can lockdown the opposing player and force him into a cold stretch. He is modest and quiet person, who plays with a real passion for basketball and it shows in his play. He came out of college mainly known for his defense and his potential and has lived up to both of those. He is most know for his emergence in the Play-Offs guarding LeBron James and taking home the Finals MVP Trophy.
This will come as no surprise to many, he is known as one of the best 2-way point guards in the NBA. His natural brand of lockdown D has never wavered and has only gotten better since his stellar rookie year. He has always been in the top 5 for steals and through his gritty play on the defensive end, he has earned this #3 spot.
Rondo has only been able to slightly exceed Paul's effort on defense. He, like Paul, was heralded for his defense in college and that has been one of his strongest parts of his game today. He was key in that Celtics championship run with his amazing defense. So far this season he has matched Chris Paul for steals with 2.1 a game, but can't take the gambles that Paul takes because the Celtics lack players that are good at help defense or protecting the rim.
He is a one dimensional player, but if you are the best at that one dimension, that is no problem. That is the case for Tony Allen, perimeter defender extraordinaire. He plays with such energy and hustle, he rarely has an off night on defense. Though like Thompson and Leonard, may not pick up a lot of steals, he still manages to top this list. He is a starter for a Top 5 defense in this league. Only Klay and Kawhi have that honor on this list, and both are surrounded by All-Stars both defensively and offensively. He has former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol sharing the court with him, but Marc was heavily scrutinized after winning that award, many thought there was a fluke in the voting system for him to have won. He doesn't have that many great defenders with him and he is a leader on the perimeter, calling out screens, and always letting his teammates know if somebody is left open. He is just the best at what he does.