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
Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Michael Jordan, Gary Payton
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. Chris Paul, with 7 selections is the active player with a chance to reach the top of this list.