Teams looking to emphasize defense should turn on their TV sets. Jeff Van Gundy is a defensive guru. Close behind is the Czar, Mike Fratello, who I worked for in Memphis. I can attest that Mike's a great defensive mind.
Of the current NBA coaches, Pop in San Antonio is likely the league's best defensive coach. His teams play solid "D" every year, his schemes are effective, and his guys know their roles. Plus, the Spurs turn it up a notch on the defensive end once they reach the postseason.