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The NBA All-Defensive Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) honor given since the 1968–69 NBA season to the best defensive players during the regular season. Intil the 2013-2014 NBA season, voting was conducted by the NBA head coaches; the coaches are not allowed to vote for players on their own team. In 2014, a panel of 123 media members voted for the two All-Defensive Teams. [1][2] The All-Defensive Team is generally composed of two five-man lineups, a first and a second team, comprising a total of 10 roster spots. The players each receive two points for each first team vote and one point for each second team vote. The top five players with the highest point total make the first team, with the next five making the second team. In the case of a tie at the fifth position of either team, the roster is expanded. If the first team consists of six players due to a tie, the second team will still consist of five players with the potential for more expansion in the event of additional ties. Ties have occurred several times, most recently in 2013 when Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah tied in votes received.

Tim Duncan holds the record for the most total selections with 14.[3] Kevin Garnett, and Kobe Bryant follow with twelve total honors each, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has eleven total selections. Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, Garnett, and Bryant share the record for most NBA All-Defensive first team selections with nine. Scottie Pippen, Bobby Jones, and Duncan made the first team eight times each. Walt Frazier and Dennis Rodman made the All-Defensive first team seven times.[3]

On four occasions, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award winner was not voted to the All-Defensive first team in the same year. Alvin Robertson in 1986, Dikembe Mutombo (1995), Tyson Chandler (2012), Marc Gasol (2013) were instead named to the second team. Whereas the All-Defensive Team is voted on by coaches, the Defensive Player of the Year is voted on by the media.[4]

Ten players born outside the jurisdiction of the United States, plus two players born in U.S. insular areas (territories), have made either the first or second All-Defensive Team—Manute Bol, born in a part of Sudan that is now the independent nation of South Sudan; Hakeem Olajuwon of Nigeria; Patrick Ewing of Jamaica; Mutombo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Andrei Kirilenko, born in the portion of the former Soviet Union that is now Russia; Anderson Varejão of Brazil; Thabo Sefolosha of Switzerland; Duncan and Raja Bell of the U.S. Virgin Islands; Luol Deng, a naturalized citizen of the United Kingdom born in what is now South Sudan; Serge Ibaka, born in the Republic of the Congo and naturalized in Spain; and Marc Gasol, born and primarily raised in Spain. Ewing, Olajuwon, and Kirilenko are naturalized U.S. citizens, and Duncan and Bell are U.S. citizens by birth, but they are still considered international players by the NBA because they were not born in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C.[5]

Selections[edit]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, formerly known as Lew Alcindor, has been on 11 All-Defensive teams.
Walt Frazier is the only player to have been on all of the first seven All-Defensive first teams.
Patrick Ewing is the only Jamaican-born player to have been on an All-Defensive team.
Dennis Rodman has been on the All-Defensive first team seven times.
Scottie Pippen has made the All-Defensive first team eight consecutive times, from 1991–92 to 1998–99.
Gary Payton has the record for the most NBA All-Defensive first team selections consecutively, with nine, from 1993–94 to 2001–02.
Dikembe Mutombo, who has won four NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards, has been selected into the All-Defensive first and second team three times each.
Tim Duncan is the only person with fourteen selections.
Kobe Bryant has made six of the seven most recent All-Defensive first team selections.
Ben Wallace, who has won four NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards in five years, has been selected into the All-Defensive first team five times in six selections.
^ Denotes players who are still active in the NBA
* Denotes players inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been selected
Player
(in bold text)
Indicates the player who won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the same year[a]
Season First team Second team
Players Teams Players Teams
1968–69 Dave DeBusschere* New York Knicks Rudy LaRusso San Francisco Warriors
Nate Thurmond* San Francisco Warriors Tom Sanders[b] Boston Celtics
Bill Russell* Boston Celtics John Havlicek* Boston Celtics
Walt Frazier* New York Knicks Jerry West* Los Angeles Lakers
Jerry Sloan[c] Chicago Bulls Bill Bridges Atlanta Hawks
1969–70 Dave DeBusschere* (2) New York Knicks John Havlicek* (2) Boston Celtics
Gus Johnson* Baltimore Bullets Bill Bridges (2) Atlanta Hawks
Willis Reed* New York Knicks Lew Alcindor* [d] Milwaukee Bucks
Walt Frazier* (2) New York Knicks Joe Caldwell Atlanta Hawks
Jerry West* (2) Los Angeles Lakers Jerry Sloan[c] (2) Chicago Bulls
1970–71 Dave DeBusschere* (3) New York Knicks John Havlicek* (3) Boston Celtics
Gus Johnson* (2) Baltimore Bullets Paul Silas Phoenix Suns
Nate Thurmond* (2) San Francisco Warriors Lew Alcindor*[d] (2) Milwaukee Bucks
Walt Frazier* (3) New York Knicks Jerry Sloan[c] (3) Chicago Bulls
Jerry West* (3) Los Angeles Lakers Norm Van Lier Cincinnati Royals
1971–72 Dave DeBusschere* (4) New York Knicks Paul Silas (2) Phoenix Suns
John Havlicek* (4) Boston Celtics Bob Love Chicago Bulls
Wilt Chamberlain* Los Angeles Lakers Nate Thurmond* (3) Golden State Warriors
Jerry West* (4) Los Angeles Lakers Norm Van Lier (2) Chicago Bulls
Walt Frazier* (4) (tie) New York Knicks Don Chaney Boston Celtics
Jerry Sloan[c] (4) (tie) Chicago Bulls
1972–73 Dave DeBusschere* (5) New York Knicks Paul Silas (3) Phoenix Suns
John Havlicek* (5) Boston Celtics Mike Riordan Baltimore Bullets
Wilt Chamberlain* (2) Los Angeles Lakers Nate Thurmond* (4) Golden State Warriors
Jerry West* (5) Los Angeles Lakers Norm Van Lier (3) Chicago Bulls
Walt Frazier* (5) New York Knicks Don Chaney (2) Boston Celtics
1973–74 Dave DeBusschere* (6) New York Knicks Elvin Hayes* Capital Bullets
John Havlicek* (6) Boston Celtics Bob Love (2) Chicago Bulls
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[d] (3) Milwaukee Bucks Nate Thurmond* (5) Golden State Warriors
Norm Van Lier (4) Chicago Bulls Don Chaney (3) Boston Celtics
Walt Frazier* (6) (tie) New York Knicks Dick Van Arsdale (tie) Phoenix Suns
Jerry Sloan [c] (5) (tie) Chicago Bulls Jim Price (tie) Los Angeles Lakers
1974–75 John Havlicek* (7) Boston Celtics Elvin Hayes* (2) Washington Bullets
Paul Silas (4) Boston Celtics Bob Love (3) Chicago Bulls
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[d] (4) Milwaukee Bucks Dave Cowens* Boston Celtics
Jerry Sloan [c] (6) Chicago Bulls Norm Van Lier (5) Chicago Bulls
Walt Frazier* (7) New York Knicks Don Chaney (4) Boston Celtics
1975–76 Paul Silas (5) Boston Celtics Jim Brewer Cleveland Cavaliers
John Havlicek* (8) Boston Celtics Jamaal Wilkes* Golden State Warriors
Dave Cowens* (2) Boston Celtics Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[d] (5) Los Angeles Lakers
Norm Van Lier (6) Chicago Bulls Jim Cleamons Cleveland Cavaliers
Don Watts Seattle SuperSonics Phil Smith Golden State Warriors
1976–77 Bobby Jones Denver Nuggets Jim Brewer (2) Cleveland Cavaliers
E. C. Coleman New Orleans Jazz Jamaal Wilkes* (2) Golden State Warriors
Bill Walton* Portland Trail Blazers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[d] (6) Los Angeles Lakers
Don Buse Indiana Pacers Brian Taylor Kansas City Kings
Norm Van Lier (7) Chicago Bulls Don Chaney (5) Los Angeles Lakers
1977–78 Bobby Jones (2) Denver Nuggets E. C. Coleman (2) Golden State Warriors
Maurice Lucas Portland Trail Blazers Bob Gross Portland Trail Blazers
Bill Walton* (2) Portland Trail Blazers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[d] (7) (tie) Los Angeles Lakers
Artis Gilmore* (tie) Chicago Bulls
Lionel Hollins Portland Trail Blazers Norm Van Lier (8) Chicago Bulls
Don Buse (2) Phoenix Suns Quinn Buckner Milwaukee Bucks
1978–79 Bobby Jones (3) Philadelphia 76ers Maurice Lucas (2) Portland Trail Blazers
Bob Dandridge Washington Bullets M. L. Carr Detroit Pistons
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[d] (8) Los Angeles Lakers Moses Malone* Houston Rockets
Dennis Johnson* Seattle SuperSonics Lionel Hollins (2) Portland Trail Blazers
Don Buse (3) Phoenix Suns Eddie Johnson Atlanta Hawks
1979–80 Bobby Jones (4) Philadelphia 76ers Scott Wedman Kansas City Kings
Dan Roundfield Atlanta Hawks Kermit Washington Portland Trail Blazers
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[d] (9) Los Angeles Lakers Dave Cowens* (3) Boston Celtics
Dennis Johnson* (2) Seattle SuperSonics Quinn Buckner (2) Milwaukee Bucks
Don Buse (4) (tie) Phoenix Suns Eddie Johnson (2) Atlanta Hawks
Micheal Ray Richardson (tie) New York Knicks
1980–81 Bobby Jones (5) Philadelphia 76ers Dan Roundfield (2) Atlanta Hawks
Caldwell Jones Philadelphia 76ers Kermit Washington (2) Portland Trail Blazers
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[d] (10) Los Angeles Lakers George Johnson San Antonio Spurs
Dennis Johnson* (3) Phoenix Suns Quinn Buckner (3) Milwaukee Bucks
Micheal Ray Richardson (2) New York Knicks Dudley Bradley (tie) Indiana Pacers
Michael Cooper (tie) Los Angeles Lakers
1981–82 Bobby Jones (6) Philadelphia 76ers Larry Bird* Boston Celtics
Dan Roundfield (3) Atlanta Hawks Lonnie Shelton Seattle SuperSonics
Caldwell Jones (2) Philadelphia 76ers Jack Sikma Seattle SuperSonics
Michael Cooper (2) Los Angeles Lakers Quinn Buckner (4) Milwaukee Bucks
Dennis Johnson* (4) Phoenix Suns Sidney Moncrief Milwaukee Bucks
1982–83 Bobby Jones (7) Philadelphia 76ers Larry Bird* (2) Boston Celtics
Dan Roundfield (4) Atlanta Hawks Kevin McHale* Boston Celtics
Moses Malone* (2) Philadelphia 76ers Wayne Rollins Atlanta Hawks
Sidney Moncrief (2) Milwaukee Bucks Michael Cooper (3) Los Angeles Lakers
Dennis Johnson* (5) (tie) Phoenix Suns T. R. Dunn Denver Nuggets
Maurice Cheeks (tie) Philadelphia 76ers
1983–84 Bobby Jones (8) Philadelphia 76ers Larry Bird* (3) Boston Celtics
Michael Cooper (4) Los Angeles Lakers Dan Roundfield (5) Atlanta Hawks
Wayne Rollins (2) Atlanta Hawks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[d] (11) Los Angeles Lakers
Maurice Cheeks (2) Philadelphia 76ers Dennis Johnson* (6) Boston Celtics
Sidney Moncrief (3) Milwaukee Bucks T. R. Dunn (2) Denver Nuggets
1984–85 Sidney Moncrief (4) Milwaukee Bucks Bobby Jones (9) Philadelphia 76ers
Paul Pressey Milwaukee Bucks Danny Vranes Seattle SuperSonics
Mark Eaton Utah Jazz Akeem Olajuwon*[e] Houston Rockets
Michael Cooper (5) Los Angeles Lakers Dennis Johnson* (7) Boston Celtics
Maurice Cheeks (3) Philadelphia 76ers T. R. Dunn (3) Denver Nuggets
1985–86 Paul Pressey (2) Milwaukee Bucks Michael Cooper (6) Los Angeles Lakers
Kevin McHale* (2) Boston Celtics Bill Hanzlik Denver Nuggets
Mark Eaton (2) Utah Jazz Manute Bol Washington Bullets
Sidney Moncrief (5) Milwaukee Bucks Alvin Robertson San Antonio Spurs
Maurice Cheeks (4) Philadelphia 76ers Dennis Johnson* (8) Boston Celtics
1986–87 Kevin McHale* (3) Boston Celtics Paul Pressey (3) Milwaukee Bucks
Michael Cooper (7) Los Angeles Lakers Rodney McCray Houston Rockets
Hakeem Olajuwon* (2)[e] Houston Rockets Mark Eaton (3) Utah Jazz
Alvin Robertson (2) San Antonio Spurs Maurice Cheeks (5) Philadelphia 76ers
Dennis Johnson* (9) Boston Celtics Derek Harper Dallas Mavericks
1987–88 Kevin McHale* (4) Boston Celtics Buck Williams New Jersey Nets
Rodney McCray (2) Houston Rockets Karl Malone* Utah Jazz
Hakeem Olajuwon* (3)[e] Houston Rockets Mark Eaton (4) (tie) Utah Jazz
Patrick Ewing* (tie) New York Knicks
Michael Cooper (8) Los Angeles Lakers Alvin Robertson (3) San Antonio Spurs
Michael Jordan* Chicago Bulls Lafayette Lever Denver Nuggets
1988–89 Dennis Rodman* Detroit Pistons Kevin McHale* (5) Boston Celtics
Larry Nance Cleveland Cavaliers A. C. Green Los Angeles Lakers
Mark Eaton (5) Utah Jazz Patrick Ewing* (2) New York Knicks
Michael Jordan* (2) Chicago Bulls John Stockton* Utah Jazz
Joe Dumars* Detroit Pistons Alvin Robertson (4) San Antonio Spurs
1989–90 Dennis Rodman* (2) Detroit Pistons Kevin McHale* (6) Boston Celtics
Buck Williams (2) Portland Trail Blazers Rick Mahorn Philadelphia 76ers
Hakeem Olajuwon* (4)[e] Houston Rockets David Robinson* San Antonio Spurs
Michael Jordan* (3) Chicago Bulls Derek Harper (2) Dallas Mavericks
Joe Dumars* (2) Detroit Pistons Alvin Robertson (5) Milwaukee Bucks
1990–91 Michael Jordan* (4) Chicago Bulls Joe Dumars* (3) Detroit Pistons
Alvin Robertson (6) Milwaukee Bucks John Stockton* (2) Utah Jazz
David Robinson* (2) San Antonio Spurs Hakeem Olajuwon* (5)[e] Houston Rockets
Dennis Rodman* (3) Detroit Pistons Scottie Pippen* Chicago Bulls
Buck Williams (3) Portland Trail Blazers Dan Majerle Phoenix Suns
1991–92 Dennis Rodman* (4) Detroit Pistons Larry Nance (2) Cleveland Cavaliers
Scottie Pippen* (2) Chicago Bulls Buck Williams (4) Portland Trail Blazers
David Robinson* (3) San Antonio Spurs Patrick Ewing* (3) New York Knicks
Michael Jordan* (5) Chicago Bulls John Stockton* (3) Utah Jazz
Joe Dumars* (4) Detroit Pistons Micheal Williams Indiana Pacers
1992–93 Scottie Pippen* (3) Chicago Bulls Horace Grant Chicago Bulls
Dennis Rodman* (5) Detroit Pistons Larry Nance (3) Cleveland Cavaliers
Hakeem Olajuwon* (6)[e] Houston Rockets David Robinson* (4) San Antonio Spurs
Michael Jordan* (6) Chicago Bulls Dan Majerle (2) Phoenix Suns
Joe Dumars* (5) Detroit Pistons John Starks New York Knicks
1993–94 Scottie Pippen* (4) Chicago Bulls Dennis Rodman* (6) San Antonio Spurs
Charles Oakley New York Knicks Horace Grant (2) Chicago Bulls
Hakeem Olajuwon* (7)[e] Houston Rockets David Robinson* (5) San Antonio Spurs
Gary Payton* Seattle SuperSonics Nate McMillan Seattle SuperSonics
Mookie Blaylock Atlanta Hawks Latrell Sprewell Golden State Warriors
1994–95 Scottie Pippen* (5) Chicago Bulls Horace Grant (3) Orlando Magic
Dennis Rodman* (7) San Antonio Spurs Derrick McKey Indiana Pacers
David Robinson* (6) San Antonio Spurs Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets
Gary Payton* (2) Seattle SuperSonics John Stockton* (4) Utah Jazz
Mookie Blaylock (2) Atlanta Hawks Nate McMillan (2) Seattle SuperSonics
1995–96 Scottie Pippen* (6) Chicago Bulls Horace Grant (4) Orlando Magic
Dennis Rodman* (8) Chicago Bulls Derrick McKey (2) Indiana Pacers
David Robinson* (7) San Antonio Spurs Hakeem Olajuwon* (8)[e] Houston Rockets
Gary Payton* (3) Seattle SuperSonics Mookie Blaylock (3) Atlanta Hawks
Michael Jordan* (7) Chicago Bulls Bobby Phills Cleveland Cavaliers
1996–97 Scottie Pippen* (7) Chicago Bulls Anthony Mason Charlotte Hornets
Karl Malone* (2) Utah Jazz P. J. Brown Miami Heat
Dikembe Mutombo (2) Atlanta Hawks Hakeem Olajuwon* (9)[e] Houston Rockets
Michael Jordan* (8) Chicago Bulls Mookie Blaylock (4) Atlanta Hawks
Gary Payton* (4) Seattle SuperSonics John Stockton* (5) Utah Jazz
1997–98 Scottie Pippen* (8) Chicago Bulls Tim Duncan^ San Antonio Spurs
Karl Malone* (3) Utah Jazz Charles Oakley (2) New York Knicks
Dikembe Mutombo (3) Atlanta Hawks David Robinson* (8) San Antonio Spurs
Gary Payton* (5) Seattle SuperSonics Mookie Blaylock (5) Atlanta Hawks
Michael Jordan* (9) Chicago Bulls Eddie Jones Los Angeles Lakers
1998–99 Tim Duncan^ (2) San Antonio Spurs P. J. Brown (2) Miami Heat
Jason Kidd Phoenix Suns Theo Ratliff Philadelphia 76ers
Alonzo Mourning* Miami Heat Dikembe Mutombo (4) Atlanta Hawks
Gary Payton* (6) Seattle SuperSonics Mookie Blaylock (6) Atlanta Hawks
Karl Malone* (4) (tie) Utah Jazz Eddie Jones (2) Charlotte Hornets
Scottie Pippen* (9) (tie) Houston Rockets
1999–00 Tim Duncan^ (3) San Antonio Spurs Scottie Pippen* (10) Portland Trail Blazers
Kevin Garnett^ Minnesota Timberwolves Clifford Robinson Phoenix Suns
Alonzo Mourning* (2) Miami Heat Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers
Gary Payton* (7) Seattle SuperSonics Eddie Jones (3) Charlotte Hornets
Kobe Bryant^ Los Angeles Lakers Jason Kidd (2) Phoenix Suns
2000–01 Tim Duncan^ (4) San Antonio Spurs Bruce Bowen Miami Heat
Kevin Garnett^ (2) Minnesota Timberwolves P. J. Brown (3) Charlotte Hornets
Dikembe Mutombo (5) Philadelphia 76ers Shaquille O'Neal (2) Los Angeles Lakers
Gary Payton* (8) Seattle SuperSonics Kobe Bryant^ (2) Los Angeles Lakers
Jason Kidd (3) Phoenix Suns Doug Christie Sacramento Kings
2001–02 Tim Duncan^ (5) San Antonio Spurs Bruce Bowen (2) San Antonio Spurs
Kevin Garnett^ (3) Minnesota Timberwolves Clifford Robinson (2) Detroit Pistons
Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons Dikembe Mutombo (6) Philadelphia 76ers
Gary Payton* (9) Seattle SuperSonics Kobe Bryant^ (3) Los Angeles Lakers
Jason Kidd (4) New Jersey Nets Doug Christie (2) Sacramento Kings
2002–03 Tim Duncan^ (6) San Antonio Spurs Ron Artest[f] Indiana Pacers
Kevin Garnett^ (4) Minnesota Timberwolves Bruce Bowen (3) San Antonio Spurs
Ben Wallace (2) Detroit Pistons Shaquille O'Neal (3) Los Angeles Lakers
Doug Christie (3) Sacramento Kings Jason Kidd (5) New Jersey Nets
Kobe Bryant^ (4) Los Angeles Lakers Eric Snow Philadelphia 76ers
2003–04 Ron Artest (2)[f] Indiana Pacers Andrei Kirilenko^ Utah Jazz
Kevin Garnett^ (5) Minnesota Timberwolves Tim Duncan^ (7) San Antonio Spurs
Ben Wallace (3) Detroit Pistons Theo Ratliff (2) Portland Trail Blazers
Bruce Bowen (4) San Antonio Spurs Doug Christie (4) Sacramento Kings
Kobe Bryant^ (5) Los Angeles Lakers Jason Kidd (6) New Jersey Nets
2004–05 Ben Wallace (4) Detroit Pistons Tayshaun Prince^ Detroit Pistons
Kevin Garnett^ (6) Minnesota Timberwolves Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets
Bruce Bowen (5) San Antonio Spurs Chauncey Billups^ Detroit Pistons
Tim Duncan^ (8) San Antonio Spurs Andrei Kirilenko^ (2) Utah Jazz
Larry Hughes Washington Wizards Jason Kidd (7) (tie) New Jersey Nets
Dwyane Wade^ (tie) Miami Heat
2005–06 Bruce Bowen (6) San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan^ (9) San Antonio Spurs
Ben Wallace (5) Detroit Pistons Chauncey Billups^ (2) Detroit Pistons
Andrei Kirilenko^ (3) Utah Jazz Kevin Garnett^ (7) Minnesota Timberwolves
Ron Artest (3)[f] Indiana Pacers Marcus Camby (2) Denver Nuggets
Kobe Bryant^ (6) (tie) Los Angeles Lakers Tayshaun Prince^ (2) Detroit Pistons
Jason Kidd (8) (tie) New Jersey Nets
2006–07 Bruce Bowen (7) San Antonio Spurs Ben Wallace (6) Chicago Bulls
Tim Duncan^ (10) San Antonio Spurs Kirk Hinrich^ Chicago Bulls
Marcus Camby (3) Denver Nuggets Jason Kidd (9) New Jersey Nets
Kobe Bryant^ (7) Los Angeles Lakers Tayshaun Prince^ (3) Detroit Pistons
Raja Bell Phoenix Suns Kevin Garnett^ (8) Minnesota Timberwolves
2007–08 Kevin Garnett^ (9) Boston Celtics Shane Battier^ Houston Rockets
Kobe Bryant^ (8) Los Angeles Lakers Chris Paul^ New Orleans Hornets
Marcus Camby (4) Denver Nuggets Dwight Howard^ Orlando Magic
Bruce Bowen (8) San Antonio Spurs Tayshaun Prince^ (4) Detroit Pistons
Tim Duncan^ (11) San Antonio Spurs Raja Bell (2) Phoenix Suns
2008–09 Dwight Howard^ (2) Orlando Magic Tim Duncan^ (12) San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant^ (9) Los Angeles Lakers Dwyane Wade^ (2) Miami Heat
LeBron James^ Cleveland Cavaliers Rajon Rondo^ Boston Celtics
Chris Paul^ (2) New Orleans Hornets Shane Battier^ (2) Houston Rockets
Kevin Garnett^ (10) Boston Celtics Ron Artest (4)[f] Houston Rockets
2009–10 Dwight Howard^ (3) Orlando Magic Tim Duncan^ (13) San Antonio Spurs
Rajon Rondo^ (2) Boston Celtics Dwyane Wade^ (3) Miami Heat
LeBron James^ (2) Cleveland Cavaliers Josh Smith^ Atlanta Hawks
Kobe Bryant^ (10) Los Angeles Lakers Anderson Varejão^ Cleveland Cavaliers
Gerald Wallace^ Charlotte Bobcats Thabo Sefolosha^ Oklahoma City Thunder
2010–11 Dwight Howard^ (4) Orlando Magic Tony Allen^ Memphis Grizzlies
Rajon Rondo^ (3) Boston Celtics Chris Paul^ (3) New Orleans Hornets
LeBron James^ (3) Miami Heat Tyson Chandler^ Dallas Mavericks
Kobe Bryant^ (11) Los Angeles Lakers Andre Iguodala^ Philadelphia 76ers
Kevin Garnett^ (11) Boston Celtics Joakim Noah^ Chicago Bulls
2011–12 LeBron James^ (4) Miami Heat Kevin Garnett^ (12) Boston Celtics
Serge Ibaka^ Oklahoma City Thunder Luol Deng^ Chicago Bulls
Dwight Howard^ (5) Orlando Magic Tyson Chandler^ (2) New York Knicks
Chris Paul^ (4) Los Angeles Clippers Rajon Rondo^ (4) Boston Celtics
Tony Allen^ (2) Memphis Grizzlies Kobe Bryant^ (12) Los Angeles Lakers
2012–13 LeBron James^ (5) Miami Heat Tim Duncan^ (14) San Antonio Spurs
Serge Ibaka^ (2) Oklahoma City Thunder Paul George^ Indiana Pacers
Tyson Chandler^ (3) (tie) New York Knicks Marc Gasol^ Memphis Grizzlies
Joakim Noah^ (2) (tie) Chicago Bulls
Tony Allen^ (3) Memphis Grizzlies Avery Bradley^ Boston Celtics
Chris Paul^ (5) Los Angeles Clippers Mike Conley^ Memphis Grizzlies
2013–14 Joakim Noah^ (3) Chicago Bulls LeBron James^ (6) Miami Heat
Paul George^ (2) Indiana Pacers Patrick Beverley^ Houston Rockets
Chris Paul^ (6) Los Angeles Clippers Jimmy Butler^ Chicago Bulls
Serge Ibaka^ (3) Oklahoma City Thunder Kawhi Leonard^ San Antonio Spurs
Andre Iguodala^ (2) Golden State Warriors Roy Hibbert^ Indiana Pacers

Most selections[edit]

The following table only lists players with at least four First Team selections.

* Denotes players inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
^ Denotes players who are still active
Certificate presented to Bobby Jones for All-Defensive honors in 1981–82.
# Player First Team Second Team Total Defensive Player of the Year
1 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ 9 3 12 1
2 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ 9 3 12 0
3 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* 9 0 9 1
4 Payton, GaryGary Payton* 9 0 9 1
5 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ 8 6 14 0
6 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* 8 2 10 0
7 Jones, BobbyBobby Jones 8 1 9 0
8 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* 7 1 8 2
9 Frazier, WaltWalt Frazier* 7 0 7 0
10 Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson* 6 3 9 0
11 DeBusschere, DaveDave DeBusschere* 6 0 6 0
12 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* 5 6 11 0
13 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon* 5 4 9 2
14 Cooper, MichaelMichael Cooper 5 3 8 1
15 Bowen, BruceBruce Bowen 5 3 8 0
15 Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* 5 3 8 0
17 Wallace, BenBen Wallace^ 5 1 6 4
18 James, LeBronLeBron James^ 5 1 6 0
19 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd 4 5 9 0
20 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* 4 4 8 1
21 Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan[c] 4 2 6 0
21 Paul, ChrisChris Paul 4 2 6 0
23 Moncrief, SidneySidney Moncrief 4 1 5 2
23 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks 4 1 5 0
23 Dumars, JoeJoe Dumars* 4 1 5 0
23 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ 4 1 5 3
23 West, JerryJerry West* 4 1 5 0
28 Buse, DonDon Buse 4 0 4 0

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a The Defensive Player of the Year award was first established in 1983.
  • b Sanders has been inducted to the Naismith Hall as a contributor.
  • c Sloan has been inducted to the Naismith Hall as a coach.
  • d Before the 1971–72 season, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[6]
  • e When Olajuwon arrived in the United States, the University of Houston incorrectly spelled his first name "Akeem". He used that spelling until March 9, 1991, when he announced that he would add an H.[7][8][9]
  • f Ron Artest changed his name into Metta World Peace on September 16, 2011.[10]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ "Camby, Bryant, Bell round out All-Defensive team". ESPN.com. April 30, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "All-Defensive Selections by Player". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 18, 2008. 
  4. ^ Begley, Ian (May 23, 2012). "Tyson named to all-defensive second team". ESPN.com (ESPN Internet Ventures). Archived from the original on March 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bargnani becomes first European top NBA draft pick". People's Daily Online. June 29, 2006. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved August 4, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Hakeem Olajuwon Bio: 1992-93". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 15, 2008. 
  8. ^ Dufresne, Chris (March 11, 1991). "Hakeem Still Can Be Called 'the Dream'". Los Angeles Times. p. 2. 
  9. ^ Olajuwon and Knobler. pg. 207
  10. ^ "Artest's Name Change to Metta World Peace Approved". The New York Times. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.