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5 NBA players with the most All-Defensive team selections

Modified 29 Jan 2021

#3 Kobe Bryant - 12 NBA All-Defensive selections

Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers.
Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers.

One of the greatest players in NBA history, Kobe Bryant, did not become an NBA legend only due to his dominant offense. Bryant's defensive effort was always a challenge he accepted and excelled at.

In his 20-year NBA career, Bryant earned 12 NBA All-Defensive selections (nine First-Team and three Second-Team choices). His 12 All-Defensive selections are tied for second-most in NBA history. Also, Bryant earned one league MVP and 15 All-NBA choices (tied for second-most too).

Bryant won five NBA championships with the LA Lakers, two Finals MVPs, two scoring titles, four All-Star Game MVPs, and a couple of scoring titles.

#2 Kevin Garnett - 12 NBA All-Defensive selections

Boston Celtics v New York Knicks.
Boston Celtics v New York Knicks.

'The Big Ticket' is tied with Kobe Bryant for second place in most NBA All-Defensive selections. However, Kevin Garnett won the Defensive Player of the Year award after the 2007-08 season, and it will be used as a tiebreaker in this list.


Garnett's 12 NBA All-Defensive selections are constructed by nine First-Team appearances and three Second-Team choices. At 6' 11'', Garnett was a versatile defender who could defend the paint and act as the anchor of the defense while matching up with smaller players at any time.

Garnett's vocal leadership worked wonders on defense, and he was an essential part of the Boston Celtics' NBA Championship win in 2008.

Moreover, Garnett won one league MVP (one of five players to win MVP and DPOY), an All-Star Game MVP, four rebounding titles, and earned 15 All-Star selections.

#1 Tim Duncan - 15 NBA All-Defensive selections

San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks.
San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks.

Tim Duncan might have a good case for the GOAT debate if any San Antonio Spurs fan wants to put effort into that argument. Not only is he the greatest Power Forward in the history of the NBA, but Duncan was one of the greatest team leaders the league has seen.


Along with his offense, Duncan was an elite defender and is arguably the best defender to not win a Defensive Player of the Year award. TD earned a record 15 NBA All-Defensive selections (eight First-Team and seven Second-Team choices) and was one of the league's best defenders in almost every year of his illustrious career.

Duncan won five NBA titles with the Spurs, three Finals MVPs, two regular-season MVPs, and earned 15 All-NBA selections.

His career Defensive Rating is an impressive 96 (third-best in NBA history), and he led the league in Defensive Rating four times.

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Published 12 Jan 2021, 22:30 IST
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