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All Time NBA Defensive Teams: 1st Team

Posted on: August 2, 2008 2:11 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2008 2:09 pm
 
I decided that it would interested to gather up the greatest defenders in history and make teams of them like they do each year for the best players in the NBA. So I will find the greatest defenders at put them at their respective positions. Forgive me though, if I don't put them at their primary position, but there is too many great defenders that played center, and I couldn't fit them all onto 3 teams (I'm only going to a 1st team, 2nd team, and 3rd team). So you will some a PF instead of center. Also, players that played multiple positions will be put at whatever position I feel like. If you don't like it, than too bad.

1st All Time NBA Defensive Team:


PG- Gary Payton

1 Defensive Player of the Year and 9 time All NBA Defensive 1st team selections

"The Glove" was the greatest defensive PG of all time. He could lock down the best PGs when he played them. He had to guard some of the best including Isiah Thomas, Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, and even Michael Jordan in his time. He was always knows for being a tenacious, in your face defender and used his trash talking arrogant personality to get into the heads of his opponents. He is one of only 4 guards to ever win the DPOY in its entire history.

SG- Michael Jordan


1 Defensive Player of the Year and 9 time All NBA Defensive 1st team selections

Most know that MJ is one of the greatest scorers, if not the greatest, in history. He ranks up there in almost all offensive categories on the all time lists, but what truly made him the greatest player ever was that he could also play defense. He was just as good of a defender as he was on offensive player. Not many knew this because he didn't put up the numbers to prove it, but in the 1987-1988 season he put up great defensive numbers and won the Defensive Player of the Year award. He is 3rd all time in steals per game average with 2.35 spg and 2nd all time in total steals with 2,514. He is not just one of the best guard defenders ever, but one of the greatest defenders in NBA history.

SF- Dennis Rodman

2 Defensive Player of the Years and 7 time All NBA Defensive 1st team selections and 1 All NBA Defensive 2nd team selection

Dennis Rodman was a monster defensive player. He started at the Pistons, but continued his defensive greatness on the Bulls as well adn was huge part in both the Pistons titles in 89 and 90, as well as the 3 Bulls titles he was part of in 96, 97, and 98. He was only 6'8" 210 lbs, but he was a monster on the boards. He is 11th all time in rebounds per game with 13.1 rpg, and at the small forward spot when he was on the Pistons. He will probably be more known for how crazy he was in his personal life, but when he was on the court he was a defensive beast and a great rebounder.

PF- Bill Russell

1 All NBA Defensive 1st team selection

Don't let the fact that he only was selected to 1 All NBA Defensive team and no DPOYs fool you. They didn't start recording all defensive teams until the 1968-1969 season and he was on of the 1st to be selected. The Defensive Player of the Year award didn't start being handed out until the 1982-1983 season. Trust me, if they would have been keeping track of that stuff in his day, he would have more DPOYs and All defensive teams than anyone. His defense is what anchored the Celtics to their 11 championships in his days. They didn't record blocks back then either, but some have studied old tapes of his games and say he would have averaged around 7 blocks. Also, they said at least 5 out of the 7 times he would block the ball his teams would get the ball instead of it going right back to the opponent. He is seen by most as the greatest defensive player of all time and rightly so with how well he played.

C- Hakeem Olajuwon

2 Defensive Player of the Years and 5 All NBA Defensive 1st Teams and 4 All NBA Defensive 2nd teams

Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon was an unbelievably versatile defender. Not only could he lock down the paint, but he could guard players on the perimeter and use his quick hands to grab lots of steals. His defense was a huge factor in winning the Rockets 2 back-to-back NBA championships in the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 season. Hakeem is the all time leader in total blocks with 3,830, 7th all time total steals with 2,162, and 11th all time total rebounds with 13,748. He also one of only 4 players in NBA to ever record a quadruple double, which is just more proof of how versatile a player he was. Other than Michael Jordan, he is probably the best defender in history that was great on offense as well. He is one of the greatest defenders of all time, and possible the most versatile defender of all time.


Coming up in a few days: 2nd All Time Defensive Team.
Comments

Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2008 12:57 pm
 

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If you are including rebounding as a part of defense (which I think is totally valid) than Rodman does go over Jones. But Jones is actually the player I had in mind when I brought up Rodman before because if rebounding is not a part of the equation, I would take Jones over Rodman.



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 10:29 pm
 

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I think Jones goes first team over a guy who didn't even play his whole career at the position.
Well that's your opinion, but mine is different. I think Rodman could defend better than Jones and that's even if Rodman would have played SF his whole career. You can call me crazy, but I've gotta show love for a former Pistons defender.........even if he was a lunatic.



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 10:25 pm
 

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I think Jones goes first team over a guy who didn't even play his whole career at the position.



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 9:50 pm
 

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Ahh yes again my boy Bobby Jones gets the displeasure of missing your list. At the SF position in the 80's guarded some of the game's greatest ever. 11 All-Time NBA All-Defensive teams tied him for most All-Time. I believe 8 were first team.
Take it easy wildcats; there is still 2 more teams to come yet so wait until you see all 3 before you are disappointed.



Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 6:10 pm
 

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Good points all.



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 6:09 pm
 

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Ahh yes again my boy Bobby Jones gets the displeasure of missing your list. At the SF position in the 80's guarded some of the game's greatest ever. 11 All-Time NBA All-Defensive teams tied him for most All-Time. I believe 8 were first team.



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 5:33 pm
 

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I'd pick Sidney over MJ but again, not a ridiculous selection at all (Jordan himself, I believe called Sidney the greatest defender in the game, pretty sure it was JOrdan, it was either him or Magic who said it.)
Well Larry Bird said Michael Cooper played better defense on him than anyone he every faced, but that won't make me put him on the first team. It's not like MJ was going to say he's the greatest anyway, that's just not him. He's not Paul Pierce.

Hey, if you're taking dirtiness out of the equation then that would eliminate ole Stockton too who may have been, the dirtiest player in history.


I don't think you will be seeing Stockton on these lists either, so don't worry about that.




Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 5:22 pm
 

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I hear you on Rodman, he was a stud to be sure and with rebounding included, he's up there no doubt.

I'd pick Sidney over MJ but again, not a ridiculous selection at all (Jordan himself, I believe called Sidney the greatest defender in the game, pretty sure it was JOrdan, it was either him or Magic who said it.)

Hey, if you're taking dirtiness out of the equation then that would eliminate ole Stockton too who may have been, the dirtiest player in history.




Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 5:10 pm
 

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Sidney Moncrief - they invented the Defensive Player of the Year award almost specifically for the intense intense Guard. Most contemporary players say that he was the greatest defensive player of all time.
Believe me, you'll be seeing Sidney on one of these lists for sure, but I can't put him over MJ. Some say MJ is the greatest defender of all time as well. His defense was overlooked alot because of how great his offense was. Sidney was one of the greatest and some may say the greatest guard defender, but I see Jordan deserving that spot.

And at some point, you have to give Bruce Bowen credit for being a crucial part of a few championships.

No, you can count on Bruce Bowen being no where near any of my lists. I don't take into account dirty play as being great defense. He may get away with it and it may work for him and his team, but I don't respect him whatsoever and I don't think he deserve to be in the same breath as other all time great defenders.

If you're counting rebounding in defense, then yeah, Rodman for sure. Otherwise, there are some other guys before him. And again, if you're counting rebounding then Wilt has to be up there too.
Yes, rebounding is a huge part of defense. If you rebound the ball than that means your team has the ball and the other team doesn't. It is one of the biggest parts of defense, but by no means is it the only thing you go by. Rodman wasn't just a great rebounder; sure that was his biggest strength but he was an excellent man defender and was great in the post as well.

And just because these guys are on the starting team doesn't mean they are the top 5 best defenders. I'm going by position; if I went by the top 5 you would see mainly big men only on these. There might be some guys that are better on the 2nd team than the 1st team, but not in their respective position..........at least in my opinion.



Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 4:59 pm
 

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Sidney Moncrief - they invented the Defensive Player of the Year award almost specifically for the intense intense Guard. Most contemporary players say that he was the greatest defensive player of all time. And at some point, you have to give Bruce Bowen credit for being a crucial part of a few championships. If you're counting rebounding in defense, then yeah, Rodman for sure. Otherwise, there are some other guys before him. And again, if you're counting rebounding then Wilt has to be up there too.


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