NBA All-Defensive Team

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. The All-Defensive Team is generally composed of ten players in two five-man lineups, a first and a second team. Voting is conducted by a panel of 123 writers and broadcasters.[1] Prior to the 2013–14 NBA season, voting was performed by the NBA head coaches, who were restricted from voting for players on their own team.[2][3] 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.

Starting with the 2023–24 season, players must appear in at least 65 games (out of the normal 82-game schedule) to be eligible for most major regular-season playing awards and honors, including the All-Defensive Team. To receive credit for a game for purposes of award eligibility, a player must have been credited with at least 20 minutes played. However, two "near misses", in which the player appeared for 15 to 19 minutes, can be included in the 65-game count. Protections also exist for players who suffer season-ending injuries, who are eligible with 62 credited games, and those affected by what the CBA calls "bad faith circumstances".[4][5] Also starting with the 2023–24 season, the All-Defensive Teams were no longer bound by position.

Tim Duncan holds the record for the most total selections to the All-Defensive Team with 15.[6] Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant follow with 12 total honors each, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 11 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, Dennis Rodman and Chris Paul made the All-Defensive first team seven times.[6] Victor Wembanyama was the first rookie to make the All-Defensive first team, doing it as a member of the San Antonio Spurs during the 2023-24 season.

When the coaches were responsible for voting, there were occasionally inconsistencies between the All-Defensive Team and the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, which has been voted on by the media. On four occasions, the Defensive Player of the Year winner was not voted to the All-Defensive first team in the same year. Player of the Year winners Alvin Robertson (1986), Dikembe Mutombo (1995), Tyson Chandler (2012) and Marc Gasol (2013) were instead named to the second team.[7]

Selections

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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 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 all-time record holder for most All-Defensive team selections (15).
 
Kobe Bryant has made a total of 12 All-Defensive teams, more than any other guard.
 
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.
 
Rudy Gobert, who has won three NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards in four years, has been selected into the All-Defensive first team six consecutive times.
^ Denotes players who are still active in the NBA
* Denotes players inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[a]
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[b]
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[c] Boston Celtics
  Bill Russell* Boston Celtics   John Havlicek* Boston Celtics
  Walt Frazier* New York Knicks   Jerry West* Los Angeles Lakers
  Jerry Sloan[d] 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*[e] Milwaukee Bucks
  Walt Frazier* (2) New York Knicks   Joe Caldwell Atlanta Hawks
  Jerry West* (2) Los Angeles Lakers   Jerry Sloan[d] (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*[e] (2) Milwaukee Bucks
  Walt Frazier* (3) New York Knicks   Jerry Sloan[d] (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[d] (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*[e] (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[d] (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*[e] (4) Milwaukee Bucks   Dave Cowens* Boston Celtics
  Jerry Sloan[d] (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*[e] (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*[e] (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*[e] (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*[e] (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*[e] (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*[e] (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*[e] (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*[f] 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
  Akeem Olajuwon*[f] (2) 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
  Akeem Olajuwon*[f] (3) 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
  Akeem Olajuwon*[f] (4) 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*[f] (5) 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*[f] (6) 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*[f] (7) 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*[f] (8) 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*[f] (9) 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*[g] 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*[g] (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*[g] (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*[g] (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*[g] (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*[g] (6) San Antonio Spurs   Ron Artest[h] 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[h] (2) Indiana Pacers   Andrei Kirilenko Utah Jazz
  Kevin Garnett* (5) Minnesota Timberwolves   Tim Duncan*[g] (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*[g] (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*[g] (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[h] (3) Sacramento Kings   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*[g] (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[i] 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*[g] (11) San Antonio Spurs   Raja Bell[i] (2) Phoenix Suns
2008–09   Dwight Howard (2) Orlando Magic   Tim Duncan*[g] (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[h] (4) Houston Rockets
2009–10   Dwight Howard (3) Orlando Magic   Tim Duncan*[g] (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[j] 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*[g] (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
2014–15   Kawhi Leonard^ (2) San Antonio Spurs   Anthony Davis^ New Orleans Pelicans
  Draymond Green^ Golden State Warriors   Jimmy Butler^ (2) Chicago Bulls
  Tony Allen (4) Memphis Grizzlies   Andrew Bogut Golden State Warriors
  DeAndre Jordan^ Los Angeles Clippers   John Wall Washington Wizards
  Chris Paul^ (7) Los Angeles Clippers   Tim Duncan*[g] (15) San Antonio Spurs
2015–16   Kawhi Leonard^ (3) San Antonio Spurs   Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
  Draymond Green^ (2) Golden State Warriors   Paul George^ (3) Indiana Pacers
  DeAndre Jordan^ (2) Los Angeles Clippers   Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat
  Avery Bradley (2) Boston Celtics   Tony Allen (5) Memphis Grizzlies
  Chris Paul^ (8) Los Angeles Clippers   Jimmy Butler^ (3) Chicago Bulls
2016–17   Draymond Green^ (3) Golden State Warriors   Tony Allen (6) Memphis Grizzlies
  Rudy Gobert^ Utah Jazz   Danny Green^ San Antonio Spurs
  Kawhi Leonard^ (4) San Antonio Spurs   Anthony Davis^ (2) New Orleans Pelicans
  Chris Paul^ (9) Los Angeles Clippers   André Roberson Oklahoma City Thunder
  Patrick Beverley^ (2) Houston Rockets   Giannis Antetokounmpo^ Milwaukee Bucks
2017–18   Rudy Gobert^ (2) Utah Jazz   Joel Embiid^ Philadelphia 76ers
  Anthony Davis^ (3) New Orleans Pelicans   Draymond Green^ (4) Golden State Warriors
  Victor Oladipo^ Indiana Pacers   Al Horford^ Boston Celtics
  Jrue Holiday^ New Orleans Pelicans   Dejounte Murray^ San Antonio Spurs
  Robert Covington^ Philadelphia 76ers   Jimmy Butler^ (4) Minnesota Timberwolves
2018–19   Rudy Gobert^ (3) Utah Jazz   Jrue Holiday^ (2) New Orleans Pelicans
  Paul George^ (4) Oklahoma City Thunder   Klay Thompson^ Golden State Warriors
  Giannis Antetokounmpo^ (2) Milwaukee Bucks   Joel Embiid^ (2) Philadelphia 76ers
  Marcus Smart^ Boston Celtics   Draymond Green^ (5) Golden State Warriors
  Eric Bledsoe Milwaukee Bucks   Kawhi Leonard^ (5) Toronto Raptors
2019–20   Giannis Antetokounmpo^ (3) Milwaukee Bucks   Kawhi Leonard^ (6) Los Angeles Clippers
  Anthony Davis^ (4) Los Angeles Lakers   Brook Lopez^ Milwaukee Bucks
  Ben Simmons^ Philadelphia 76ers   Bam Adebayo^ Miami Heat
  Rudy Gobert^ (4) Utah Jazz   Patrick Beverley^ (3) Los Angeles Clippers
  Marcus Smart^ (2) Boston Celtics   Eric Bledsoe (2) Milwaukee Bucks
2020–21   Rudy Gobert^ (5) Utah Jazz   Bam Adebayo^ (2) Miami Heat
  Ben Simmons^ (2) Philadelphia 76ers   Jimmy Butler^ (5) Miami Heat
  Draymond Green^ (6) Golden State Warriors   Joel Embiid^ (3) Philadelphia 76ers
  Jrue Holiday^ (3) Milwaukee Bucks   Matisse Thybulle^ Philadelphia 76ers
  Giannis Antetokounmpo^ (4) Milwaukee Bucks   Kawhi Leonard^ (7) Los Angeles Clippers
2021–22   Marcus Smart^ (3) Boston Celtics   Bam Adebayo^ (3) Miami Heat
  Mikal Bridges^ Phoenix Suns   Jrue Holiday^ (4) Milwaukee Bucks
  Rudy Gobert^ (6) Utah Jazz   Matisse Thybulle^ (2) Philadelphia 76ers
  Giannis Antetokounmpo^ (5) Milwaukee Bucks   Robert Williams III^ Boston Celtics
  Jaren Jackson Jr.^ Memphis Grizzlies   Draymond Green^ (7) Golden State Warriors
2022–23   Jaren Jackson Jr.^ (2) Memphis Grizzlies   Derrick White^ Boston Celtics
  Jrue Holiday^ (5) Milwaukee Bucks   Draymond Green^ (8) Golden State Warriors
  Brook Lopez^ (2) Milwaukee Bucks   O.G. Anunoby^ Toronto Raptors
  Evan Mobley^ Cleveland Cavaliers   Dillon Brooks^ Memphis Grizzlies
  Alex Caruso^ Chicago Bulls   Bam Adebayo^ (4) Miami Heat
2023–24   Rudy Gobert^ (7) Minnesota Timberwolves   Alex Caruso^ (2) Chicago Bulls
  Victor Wembanyama^ San Antonio Spurs   Jalen Suggs^ Orlando Magic
  Bam Adebayo^ (5) Miami Heat   Derrick White^ (2) Boston Celtics
  Herbert Jones^ New Orleans Pelicans   Jaden McDaniels^ Minnesota Timberwolves
  Anthony Davis^ (5) Los Angeles Lakers   Jrue Holiday^ (6) Boston Celtics

Most selections

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The following table only lists players with at least nine total 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 Total First Team Second
Team
Defensive
Player of
the Year
[b]
Seasons
  Tim Duncan* 15 8 7 0 19
  Kevin Garnett* 12 9 3 1 21
  Kobe Bryant* 12 9 3 0 20
  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 11 5 6 0 20
  Scottie Pippen* 10 8 2 0 17
  Gary Payton* 9 9 0 1 17
  Michael Jordan* 9 9 0 1 15
  Bobby Jones* 9 8 1 0 12
  Chris Paul^ 9 7 2 0 19
  Dennis Johnson* 9 6 3 0 14
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 9 5 4 2 18
  Jason Kidd* 9 4 5 0 19

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Notes

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  1. ^ A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for three calendar years.
  2. ^ a b The Defensive Player of the Year award was first established in 1983.
  3. ^ Sanders has been inducted to the Naismith Hall as a contributor.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Jerry Sloan has been inducted to the Naismith Hall as a coach.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Before the 1971–72 season, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[8]
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i When Olajuwon arrived to 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.[9][10][11]
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Although Tim Duncan was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a United States citizen,[12] the NBA considers him an international player.
  8. ^ a b c d Ron Artest changed his name into Metta World Peace on September 16, 2011,[13] and after his playing career changed it again to Metta Sandiford-Artest.
  9. ^ a b Although Raja Bell was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a United States citizen, the NBA considers him an international player.
  10. ^ Luol Deng was born in Wau, Sudan (now in South Sudan), but became a British citizen in 2006, and has played for the Great Britain national team.

References

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General
  • "All-Defensive Teams". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on July 17, 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2008.
  • "All-Defensive Teams". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 18, 2008.
Specific
  1. ^ "Top defender Noah highlights 2014 All-Defensive Team". NBA.com (Press release). NBA Media Ventures. June 2, 2014. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "Ben Wallace Tops 2005–06 NBA All-Defensive Team Selections". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 11, 2006. Archived from the original on November 12, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2007.
  3. ^ McGraw, Mike (June 2, 2014). "Noah dominates all-defensive voting". Daily Herald. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Helin, Kurt (April 18, 2023). "More details emerge on new NBA CBA, including details on 65-game threshold for awards". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 28, 2023.
  5. ^ "Article XXIX, Section 6: Games Played Requirement for Certain League Honors" (PDF). NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. National Basketball Players Association. July 2023. pp. 432–38. Retrieved September 13, 2023. The games played requirement specifically applies to the MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Most Improved Player awards, as well as the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams.
  6. ^ a b "All-Defensive Selections by Player". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 18, 2008.
  7. ^ Begley, Ian (May 23, 2012). "Tyson named to all-defensive second team". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  9. ^ "Hakeem Olajuwon Bio: 1992–93". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2008.
  10. ^ Dufresne, Chris (March 11, 1991). "Hakeem Still Can Be Called 'the Dream'". Los Angeles Times. p. 2.
  11. ^ Olajuwon and Knobler. pg. 207
  12. ^ "Virgin Islands". CIA World Factbook. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  13. ^ "Artest's Name Change to Metta World Peace Approved". The New York Times. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.