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Payton Named to All-Defensive Team

May 1, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary Payton was chosen to the NBA All-Defensive first team Tuesday for a record-tying ninth time.

Michael Jordan is the only other player to make the first team nine times, doing it as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Jordan did not make either the first or second team this season, his first in a comeback with the Washington Wizards.

Payton, an eight-time All-Star, is joined on the first team by New Jersey guard Jason Kidd, forward-center Ben Wallace of Detroit, and forwards Tim Duncan of San Antonio and Kevin Garnett of Minnesota.

The team was selected by the NBA’s 29 coaches, who weren’t allowed to vote for their own players.

Wallace, the NBA’s defensive player of the year, led the voting _ receiving 51 of a possible 56 points. Payton received 47, Duncan 40, Kidd 37 and Garnett 27.

Duncan made the first team for the fourth time. It was the third time Kidd and Garnett were selected, and the first for Wallace, who was elected NBA defensive player of the year.

The second team has Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Sacramento guard Doug Christie, Philadelphia center Dikembe Mutombo, San Antonio forward Bruce Bowen and Detroit forward-center Clifford Robinson.

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