Jordan in 2014
Michael Jordan is one of five players to have won both an MVP and a Defensive Player of the Year award in their career.
Jordan in 1992
David Robinson won the award in the 1991–92 NBA season.
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Gary Payton was the first point guard to win the award.
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Dwight Howard won the award in three consecutive years (2009–2011).
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Rudy Gobert won the award three times in four seasons.
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
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
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Jordan in 2008

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.

- NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

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 Defensive Player of the Year Award is awarded to the league's best defender.

Olajuwon in 2015

Hakeem Olajuwon

Nigerian-American former professional basketball player.

Nigerian-American former professional basketball player.

Olajuwon in 2015
A billboard at the University of Houston congratulating Olajuwon on being the 1994 NBA Most Valuable Player
One of only five numbers retired by the University of Houston men's basketball team, Olajuwon's No. 34 hangs in Fertitta Center.
Olajuwon (right) defending Jawann Oldham on November 25, 1986
Olajuwon signing autographs

Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.

He became the first non-American to be an NBA All-Star and start in an NBA All-Star Game, the first non-American to win the NBA MVP, the first non-American to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and in the 1993–94 season became the first player in NBA history to win the NBA's MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Finals MVP awards in the same season.

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.

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

NBA All-Defensive Team

Annual National Basketball Association honor given since the 1968–69 NBA season to the best defensive players during the regular season.

Annual National Basketball Association honor given since the 1968–69 NBA season to the best defensive players during the regular season.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, formerly known as Lew Alcindor, has been on 11 All-Defensive teams.
Walt Frazier is the only player to have been on all of the first seven All-Defensive first teams.
Patrick Ewing is the only Jamaican-born player to have been on an All-Defensive team.
Dennis Rodman has been on the All-Defensive first team seven times.
Scottie Pippen has made the All-Defensive first team eight consecutive times, from to.
Gary Payton has the record for the most NBA All-Defensive first team selections consecutively, with nine, from to.
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.
Tim Duncan is the all-time record holder for most All-Defensive team selections (15).
Kobe Bryant has made a total of 12 All-Defensive teams, more than any other guard.
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.
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.
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.

When the coaches were responsible for voting, there were occasionally inconsistencies between the All-Defensive Team and the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, which has been voted on by the media.

Payton with the Miami Heat in 2007

Gary Payton

American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position.

American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position.

Payton with the Miami Heat in 2007
Payton (left) during his stint with the Lakers
Payton playing in the NBA Asia Challenge 2010 in the Philippines

Payton is the first point guard to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, and the only point guard winner in the award's first 39 years, until Marcus Smart was selected in 2022.

He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times, an NBA record he shares with Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett, and Kobe Bryant.