Dual All-NBA and All-Defensive Nods
A short post on players who were named to one of the All-NBA and All-Defensive teams in the same season.
While doing some research for a future post, I got sidetracked looking at players who were named to the All-NBA and All-Defensive teams in the same season. I thought the results were interesting, so I’m going to post them here with some commentary sprinkled in. Keep in mind the NBA began naming All-Defensive teams starting with the 1968-69 season, so many all-time greats — most notably Bill Russell* — will be missing from these lists.
* I should note that the then-35-year-old Russell was named to the inaugural All-Defensive First Team in his 13th and final season.
First, here are the players with the most dual All-NBA/All-Defensive selections:
15 — Tim Duncan
12 — Kobe Bryant
10 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
9 — Michael Jordan
9 — Gary Payton
8 — John Havlicek
8 — Hakeem Olajuwon
8 — David Robinson
8 — Kevin Garnett
8 — Chris Paul
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