NBA All-Defensive Teams, Players with the Most First Team Selections

This is the complete list with all the players that have been selected for the All-Defensive first team. Ordered by total 1st team total selections.

Player with more selections

Gary PaytonKevin GarnettKobe BryantMichael Jordan
Gary Payton, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan,
9 times selected for the All-Defensive First Team

NBA Honors: All-Defensive Teams

The voting panel for the NBA All-Defensive Teams consists of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who are asked to select All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position.

Two points are awarded to each player for a First Team vote and one point is awarded for a Second Team vote.Coaches are not permitted to vote for players from their own team.

Michael Jordan, Gary Payton Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant were selected for the First Team 9 times each. Tim Duncan, with 8 selections is the active player with a chance to reach the top of this list.

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Players with more selections for the NBA All-Defensive First Team

  Player All-Defensive
First Team
All-Defensive
Second Team
Total Selections
  Kobe Bryant 9 3 12
  Kevin Garnett 9 3 12
  Michael Jordan 9 - 9
  Gary Payton 9 - 9
  Tim Duncan 8 7 15
  Scottie Pippen 8 2 10
  Bobby Jones 8 1 9
  Dennis Rodman 7 1 8
  Walt Frazier 7 - 7
  Dennis Johnson 6 3 9
  Chris Paul 6 2 8
  Dave DeBusschere 6 - 6
  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 5 6 11
  Hakeem Olajuwon 5 4 9
  Bruce Bowen 5 3 8
  Michael Cooper 5 3 8
  John Havlicek 5 3 8
  LeBron James 5 1 6
  Ben Wallace 5 1 6
  Jason Kidd 4 5 9
  David Robinson 4 4 8
  Jerry Sloan 4 2 6
  Maurice Cheeks 4 1 5
  Joe Dumars 4 1 5
  Dwight Howard 4 1 5
  Sidney Moncrief 4 1 5
  Jerry West 4 1 5
  Don Buse 4 - 4
  Norm Van Lier 3 5 8
  Kevin McHale 3 3 6
  Dikembe Mutombo 3 3 6
  Tony Allen 3 2 5
  Mark Eaton 3 2 5
  Dan Roundfield 3 2 5
  Karl Malone 3 1 4
  Serge Ibaka 3 - 3
  Mookie Blaylock 2 4 6
  Alvin Robertson 2 4 6
  Paul Silas 2 3 5
  Nate Thurmond 2 3 5
  Marcus Camby 2 2 4
  Rajon Rondo 2 2 4
  Buck Williams 2 2 4
  Metta World Peace 2 2 4
  Kawhi Leonard 2 1 3
  Joakim Noah 2 1 3
  Paul Pressey 2 1 3
  Wilt Chamberlain 2 - 2
  Draymond Green 2 - 2
  Gus Johnson 2 - 2
  Caldwell Jones 2 - 2
  DeAndre Jordan 2 - 2
  Alonzo Mourning 2 - 2
  Micheal Ray Richardson 2 - 2
  Bill Walton 2 - 2
  Doug Christie 1 3 4
  Tyson Chandler 1 2 3
  Dave Cowens 1 2 3
  Paul George 1 2 3
  Andrei Kirilenko 1 2 3
  Larry Nance 1 2 3
  Raja Bell 1 1 2
  Avery Bradley 1 1 2
  E.C. Coleman 1 1 2
  Lionel Hollins 1 1 2
  Andre Iguodala 1 1 2
  Maurice Lucas 1 1 2
  Moses Malone 1 1 2
  Rodney McCray 1 1 2
  Charles Oakley 1 1 2
  Tree Rollins 1 1 2
  Bob Dandridge 1 - 1
  Larry Hughes 1 - 1
  Willis Reed 1 - 1
  Bill Russell 1 - 1
  Gerald Wallace 1 - 1
  Slick Watts 1 - 1
  Don Chaney - 5 5
  John Stockton - 5 5
  Quinn Buckner - 4 4
  Horace Grant - 4 4
  Tayshaun Prince - 4 4
  Larry Bird - 3 3
  P.J. Brown - 3 3
  Jimmy Butler - 3 3
  T.R. Dunn - 3 3
  Patrick Ewing - 3 3
  Eddie Jones - 3 3
  Bob Love - 3 3
  Shaquille O'Neal - 3 3
  Dwyane Wade - 3 3
  Shane Battier - 2 2
  Chauncey Billups - 2 2
  Jim Brewer - 2 2
  Bill Bridges - 2 2
  Derek Harper - 2 2
  Elvin Hayes - 2 2
  Eddie Johnson - 2 2
  Dan Majerle - 2 2
  Derrick McKey - 2 2
  Nate McMillan - 2 2
  Theo Ratliff - 2 2
  Clifford Robinson - 2 2
  Kermit Washington - 2 2
  Jamaal Wilkes - 2 2
  Patrick Beverley - 1 1
  Andrew Bogut - 1 1
  Manute Bol - 1 1
  Dudley Bradley - 1 1
  Joe Caldwell - 1 1
  M.L. Carr - 1 1
  Jim Cleamons - 1 1
  Mike Conley - 1 1
  Anthony Davis - 1 1
  Luol Deng - 1 1
  Marc Gasol - 1 1
  Artis Gilmore - 1 1
  A.C. Green - 1 1
  Bob Gross - 1 1
  Bill Hanzlik - 1 1
  Roy Hibbert - 1 1
  Kirk Hinrich - 1 1
  George Johnson - 1 1
  Rudy LaRusso - 1 1
  Fat Lever - 1 1
  Rick Mahorn - 1 1
  Anthony Mason - 1 1
  Paul Millsap - 1 1
  Bobby Phills - 1 1
  Jim Price - 1 1
  Mike Riordan - 1 1
  Tom Sanders - 1 1
  Thabo Sefolosha - 1 1
  Lonnie Shelton - 1 1
  Jack Sikma - 1 1
  Josh Smith - 1 1
  Phil Smith - 1 1
  Eric Snow - 1 1
  Latrell Sprewell - 1 1
  John Starks - 1 1
  Brian Taylor - 1 1
  Dick Van Arsdale - 1 1
  Anderson Varejao - 1 1
  Danny Vranes - 1 1
  John Wall - 1 1
  Scott Wedman - 1 1
  Hassan Whiteside - 1 1
  Micheal Williams - 1 1