Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, formerly known as Lew Alcindor, has been on 11 All-Defensive teams.
Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014
Jordan in 2014
Walt Frazier is the only player to have been on all of the first seven All-Defensive first teams.
Bryant's retired No. 33 jersey and banner at the Lower Merion High School gym
Jordan in 1992
Patrick Ewing is the only Jamaican-born player to have been on an All-Defensive team.
Bryant taking a shot in 1999
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Dennis Rodman has been on the All-Defensive first team seven times.
Bryant at the free-throw line, 2005
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Scottie Pippen has made the All-Defensive first team eight consecutive times, from to.
Bryant driving towards the basket
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Gary Payton has the record for the most NBA All-Defensive first team selections consecutively, with nine, from to.
Bryant's Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in six games during the 2008 NBA Finals.
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
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.
Derek Fisher and Bryant with President Barack Obama during the White House visit honoring the Lakers' 2009 championship
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Tim Duncan is the all-time record holder for most All-Defensive team selections (15).
Bryant shoots a left-handed floater over future teammate Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic on January 18, 2010.
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
Kobe Bryant has made a total of 12 All-Defensive teams, more than any other guard.
Bryant and fellow Lakers meet with President Barack Obama in honor of the 2010 championship.
James Worthy, Jordan, and Dean Smith in 2007 at a North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams
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.
Bryant wearing a mask in 2012 after suffering a broken nose
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
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.
Bryant dunking against the Milwaukee Bucks, 2013
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Certificate presented to Bobby Jones for All-Defensive honors in 1981–82.
Bryant shooting against Marcin Gortat of the Washington Wizards, 2014
Jordan in 2008
Bryant playing against Gary Neal of the Washington Wizards after announcing his forthcoming retirement, 2015
Bryant, in his final Cleveland game, defending LeBron James
Bryant avoiding a collision in a game against China at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Bryant shoots a fadeaway over Shane Battier in 2009.
Bryant handling the ball in 2014, when he became the first NBA player with over 30,000 points and 6,000 assists
Bryant at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, 2007
Bryant at a Nike store launch ceremony in Taipei, 2007
Bryant with U.S. President George W. Bush, Jason Kidd, and Deron Williams at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China
Fans gathered in front of Staples Center on the day of Bryant's death

Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant won five NBA championships, was an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a two-time NBA Finals MVP.

- Kobe Bryant

Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant follow with 12 total honors each, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 11 total selections.

- NBA All-Defensive Team

Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, Garnett and Bryant share the record for most NBA All-Defensive first team selections with nine.

- NBA All-Defensive Team

Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, ten NBA scoring titles (both all-time records), five NBA MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game selections, three NBA All-Star Game MVP awards, three NBA steals titles, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

- Michael Jordan

Even at an early stage of his career, sportswriters were comparing his skills to those of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

- Kobe Bryant

Playing in his 14th and final NBA All-Star Game in 2003, Jordan passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in All-Star Game history, a record since broken by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

- Michael Jordan
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, formerly known as Lew Alcindor, has been on 11 All-Defensive teams.

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Bill Russell defending against Wilt Chamberlain in 1966.
Michael Jordan goes to the basket for a slam dunk in 1987.
Kobe Bryant defending LeBron James in a February 2016 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers
Bill Russell defending against Wilt Chamberlain in 1966.

Michael Jordan entered the league in 1984 with the Chicago Bulls, spurring more interest in the league.

Tim Duncan and David Robinson won the 1999 championship with the Spurs, and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant started the 2000s with three consecutive championships for the Lakers.

The post-season teams are the All-NBA Team, the All-Defensive Team, and the All-Rookie Team; each consists of five players.