NEW YORK, April 30 -- Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary Payton joined elite company today when he was named to the 2001-02 NBA All-Defensive First Team for an NBA record-tying ninth time.

Payton, an eight-time All-Star, becomes the second player in league history to be selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times, joining the Washington Wizard’s Michael Jordan who was named to the All-Defensive Team nine times while playing with the Chicago Bulls.


Gary Payton battles for the loose ball with Baron Davis.
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Payton, who has made the First Team nine consecutive times, is joined by guard Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nets, forward/center Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons, and forwards Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Sacramento Kings’ Doug Christie at guard, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Dikembe Mutombo at center, and the San Antonio Spurs’ Bruce Bowen and the Detroit Pistons’ Clifford Robinson at forward.

The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 29 head coaches, who were asked to select NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Points were awarded on a 2-1 basis.

Wallace, who recently was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, led all players in voting, receiving 51 of a possible 56 points. Payton received 47, while Duncan, Kidd and Garnett received 40, 37 and 27 points, respectively.

This marks the fourth NBA All-Defensive First Team selection for Duncan, the third for Kidd and Garnett and first selection for Wallace. This is the sixth selection to an NBA All-Defensive Team for Mutombo, third for Bryant, second for Bowen, Christie and Robinson.

Attached are the results of the balloting for the 2001-02 NBA All-Defensive Teams:

NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

PlayerTeamPoints1st Team Votes
Tim DuncanSan Antonio4017
Kevin GarnettMinnesota2710
Ben WallaceDetroit5124
Gary PaytonSeattle4720
Jason KiddNew Jersey3715

NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

PlayerTeamPoints1st Team Votes
Bruce BowenSan Antonio216
Clifford RobinsonDetroit145
Dikembe MutomboPhiladelphia279
Kobe BryantL.A. Lakers3212
Doug ChristieSacramento257

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Shaquille O’Neal 15 (3); Eric Snow 12 (2); Scottie Pippen 9 (3); Tracy McGrady 8 (1); P.J. Brown 7 (1); Antonio Davis 5; Kenyon Martin 5 (1); Ron Artest 4; Karl Malone 4 (1); Darrell Armstrong 3 (1); Brian Grant 3; Alonzo Mourning 3 (1); Jermaine O’Neal 3 (1); Kurt Thomas 3 (1); Michael Finley 2 (1); Rick Fox 2 (1); Horace Grant 2 (1); Robert Horry 2; Allen Iverson 2 (1); Shawn Marion 2; Ruben Patterson 2; David Robinson 2; Chris Webber 2; Antonio Davis 1; Baron Davis 1; Dale Davis 1; Bobby Jackson 1; Eddie Jones 1; Andrei Kirilenko 1; Darius Miles 1; Andre Miller 1; Paul Pierce 1; Malik Rose 1; Latrell Sprewell; John Stockton 1; Jerome Williams 1.

ALL-TIME NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS

PlayerSelections
Michael Jordan9
Gary Payton9
Scottie Pippen8
Bobby Jones8
Walt Frazier7
Dennis Rodman7
Dave DeBusschere6
Dennis Johnson6