With the 2013-14 season coming to a close, SI.com’s NBA writers reveal their picks for the league’s top performers.

Chris Mannix: Roy Hibbert, Pacers
Hibbert is still one of the NBA’s most feared rim protectors (verticality!) he is the backstop of the league’s best defense.

Rob Mahoney: Roy Hibbert, Pacers
A few rough months didn’t much change the fact that Hibbert has been the most important, game-changing defender in the league this season. His ability to wall off the paint and protect the basket (where he allows opponents to shoot just 41.7 percent) are vital to the NBA’s best defense.

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