The Phoenix Suns, by an extremely thin margin, had the third-best defense in the regular season in the year before; they could've very well been first. A united effort is needed to sustain this quality over the course of 82 games. Fourth-year forward Mikal Bridges played an important role in the process. He was not only a part of all 82 games , it was also a highly efficient defender on the team.
But that's not the case in his overall 2K23 the perimeter defense rating. His overall rating did not increase from 2K22 - it maintained 83. In addition, his perimeter defense score is the 82 (A-minus) which is second on the team , behind Chris Paul's 90. As a player who came in second in Defensive Player of the Award last season the two ratings ought to be higher.
Moving on to one of the players that is under-rated in the NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kenrich Williams is next on the list for two different reasons. One is the perimeter defense in which the 27-year-old has gained his name in Oklahoma. He's aggressive, tough to beat in the line of attack and is a formidable player in one-on-one scenarios and, in general, much better than he gets credit for. He's in the ninth spot on the team in defensive perimeters, just behind players like Ty Jerome and Aleksej Poku?evski This shouldn't happen.
On the other hand Williams has the fifth-highest 3-point percentage on the team, and despite finishing 10th overall in 3-point percentage during the season. He was 33.9% . 0.8 points per game. Williams' profile may not be fully accurate, but the figure of 75 overall is a reasonable starting point (even the fact that it should actually be more like 77).