NBA All-Defensive Team
The appointment to the NBA All-Defensive Team is an award given by the North American professional basketball league NBA since the season 1968/69 , which is given to the best defenders of the past NBA season.
At the end of each regular season , a committee of at least 100 sports journalists selects the best defenders in the league, depending on their position. This is usually ten players who are divided between a first and a second team. A player receives two points per choice in the first team and one point per choice in the second team. The five players with the most points form the first team, while the remaining players form the second team. A player elected to more than one position will be placed in the position that received the most votes.
Before the 2012/13 season , the 30 Head Coaches chose the NBA All-Defensive Teams. The coaches were not allowed to select players from their own team. The positions made no difference, so that the second team in the 2005/06 season, for example, consisted of three forwards , a center and a guard . In the event of a tie, it could also happen that the first team consisted of six players. Another player would then have to be appointed to the second team. For example, in the 2005/06 season the NBA All-Defensive Team consisted of eleven players, as Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd got the same number of points.
Most successful defender
With 15 appointments to one of the two NBA all-defensive teams, Tim Duncan is the most successful defender in league history. He was appointed every year from 1998 to 2010, which is also a record. This is followed by Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett with twelve, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with eleven and Scottie Pippen with ten appointments. Bryant, Garnett, Michael Jordan and Gary Payton share the record for most appointments to the NBA All Defensive First Team, each with nine elections. Pippen, Bobby Jones and Duncan were called up to the first team eight times, while other good defenders like Dennis Rodman and Walt Frazier made it seven times.