Jordan in 2014
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, formerly known as Lew Alcindor, has been on 11 All-Defensive teams.
Jordan in 1992
Walt Frazier is the only player to have been on all of the first seven All-Defensive first teams.
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Patrick Ewing is the only Jamaican-born player to have been on an All-Defensive team.
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Dennis Rodman has been on the All-Defensive first team seven times.
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Scottie Pippen has made the All-Defensive first team eight consecutive times, from to.
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Gary Payton has the record for the most NBA All-Defensive first team selections consecutively, with nine, from to.
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
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.
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
Tim Duncan is the all-time record holder for most All-Defensive team selections (15).
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
Kobe Bryant has made a total of 12 All-Defensive teams, more than any other guard.
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
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.
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
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.
Jordan in 2008
Certificate presented to Bobby Jones for All-Defensive honors in 1981–82.

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
Jordan in 2014

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National Basketball Association

Professional basketball league in North America.

Professional basketball league in North America.

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.

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

Michael Jordan is one of five players to have won both an MVP and a Defensive Player of the Year award in their career.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

Annual National Basketball Association award given since the 1982–83 NBA season to the best defensive player of the regular season.

Annual National Basketball Association award given since the 1982–83 NBA season to the best defensive player of the regular season.

Michael Jordan is one of five players to have won both an MVP and a Defensive Player of the Year award in their career.
David Robinson won the award in the 1991–92 NBA season.
Gary Payton was the first point guard to win the award.
Dwight Howard won the award in three consecutive years (2009–2011).
Rudy Gobert won the award three times in four seasons.

Only eight perimeter players have been honored: Moncrief, Alvin Robertson, Michael Cooper, Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, Ron Artest (known now as Metta Sandiford-Artest), Kawhi Leonard and Marcus Smart.

On four occasions, the Defensive Player of the Year recipient was not voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in the same year.

Pippen in 2022

Scottie Pippen

American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Pippen in 2022
Pippen in 2022
Pippen as a member of the Chicago Bulls in 1995
Chicago Bulls Championship banners hang in the rafters of the United Center.
Pippen playing in Europe in 2008
Pippen's retired #33 jersey (far right) hanging in the rafters of the United Center
Pippen and then-wife Larsa in December 2006

Considered one of the greatest small forwards of all time, Pippen, along with Michael Jordan, played an important role in transforming the Bulls into a championship team and in popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1990s.

Pippen was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight consecutive times and the All-NBA First Team three times.

Rodman in 2017

Dennis Rodman

American former professional basketball player, actor and unofficial US Peace Ambassador to North Korea.

American former professional basketball player, actor and unofficial US Peace Ambassador to North Korea.

Rodman in 2017
The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls. Rodman wrote history in the 1996 NBA Finals when he twice secured 11 offensive rebounds in this building, tying an all-time NBA record.
In 2005, Rodman played for Torpan Pojat of Finland's basketball league, the Korisliiga.
Rodman with Donald Trump for Celebrity Apprentice

He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice.

In that season, the Pistons finally vanquished their playoffs bane by sweeping the Boston Celtics, then winning in six games versus the Chicago Bulls—including scoring champion Michael Jordan—and easily defeating the Lakers 4–0 in the 1989 NBA Finals.

Abdul-Jabbar in 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

American former professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

American former professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Abdul-Jabbar in 2014
Alcindor with the reverse two-hand dunk against Stanford
Alcindor versus USC
Alcindor performs ceremonial net cutting at Freedom Hall in Louisville in 1969 after a 20-point win over Purdue and Rick Mount in unprecedented third-straight national title en route to seven consecutive national championships for UCLA.
Alcindor displaying the skyhook over Wes Unseld of the Baltimore Bullets. The shot was almost impossible to block.
Abdul-Jabbar lines up a free throw. He started wearing goggles in order to avoid damage to his corneas.
Abdul-Jabbar receiving a pass from Magic Johnson during the 1985 NBA Finals
Abdul-Jabbar against the Boston Celtics in the 1980s
Actor Shavar Ross and Abdul-Jabbar on the set of Diff'rent Strokes, c. 1982
Abdul-Jabbar (center) at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear with Comedy Central hosts Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart
Abdul-Jabbar at a book signing in 2007
Hillary Clinton and Abdul-Jabbar, 2012
Abdul-Jabbar surrounded by children's division players during an exhibition at Club Ferro Carril Oeste of Buenos Aires, 1993
Abdul-Jabbar (below, far right) and other former NBA players visit the New York NBA Store in January 2005

During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA Team member, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.

ESPN named him the greatest center of all time in 2007, the greatest player in college basketball history in 2008, and the second best player in NBA history (behind Michael Jordan) in 2016.

Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014

Kobe Bryant

American professional basketball player.

American professional basketball player.

Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014
Bryant's retired No. 33 jersey and banner at the Lower Merion High School gym
Bryant taking a shot in 1999
Bryant at the free-throw line, 2005
Bryant driving towards the basket
Bryant's Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in six games during the 2008 NBA Finals.
Derek Fisher and Bryant with President Barack Obama during the White House visit honoring the Lakers' 2009 championship
Bryant shoots a left-handed floater over future teammate Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic on January 18, 2010.
Bryant and fellow Lakers meet with President Barack Obama in honor of the 2010 championship.
Bryant wearing a mask in 2012 after suffering a broken nose
Bryant dunking against the Milwaukee Bucks, 2013
Bryant shooting against Marcin Gortat of the Washington Wizards, 2014
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.

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