As the final stretch of the 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season approaches, the race is not only heating up for the playoffs but also for the individual awards that are handed out at the end of the campaign. The list of leading candidates for the EuroLeague Best Defender Award includes guards and big men all of whom have left their mark through unrelenting defense this season.
Rodrigue Beaubois, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
A member of the esteemed 50-40-90 shooting club as recently as 2020-21, Beaubois is best known for his offensive contributions to the two-time defending champions. However, opposing guards and coaches are well aware of Beaubois's defensive chops. Thanks to his quickness, long arms and competitive character, Beaubois often guards the opposition’s best guard and has produced impressive numbers. Not only is he ranked ninth in the league in blocks (0.9 bpg.), but he is the only guard in the top 40! Beaubois's 1.2 steals are 15th in the league and he is one of only three players in the top 20 in both steals and blocks.