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Defensive Player of the Year
Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
Catchings (7.3 rpg, 1.91 spg, 1.16 bpg) is one of the game's most versatile and effective defenders. She has the speed to guard the perimeter, but also has the size to defend the low post.
Yolanda Griffith, Sacramento Monarchs
Due to her size, skill and veteran savvy, Griffith (7.5 rpg, 2.23 spg, 1.19 bpg) -- the '99 Defensive Player of the year -- is one of the game's top low-post defenders.
Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
Simply put, Leslie owns the paint. Due to her rebounding (10.1 rpg), size (3.00 bpg) and athleticism (1.52 spg), Leslie remains the game's most dominant defensive player.
Deanna Nolan, Detroit Shock
A huge part of last season's title run, Nolan's blend of athleticism (1.97 spg) and size makes her one of the top perimeter defenders in the game.
Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets
Swoopes is a solid rebounder (4.9 rpg) from the three-spot, and her combination of intuition and quickness (1.59 spg) allows her to keep up with anyone on the perimeter.
(Photo credits, from top to bottom: Rocky Widner, Allen Einstein, Widner, Noah Graham, Catherine Steenkeste/NBAE/Getty Images ... All statistics through games played on Sept. 13.)