How many Boston Celtics have won NBA All-Defensive Team honors?

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If there was ever a team that hung its hat on the defensive end of the court while winning at an elite, even historic rate, it has been the Boston Celtics since their inception in the Basketball Association of America as one of the founding members of the league that would become today’s NBA seven decades past.

But how many of its players have been honored among the league’s greatest defenders on a year-to-year basis with the NBA’s All-Defensive Team honors? The award didn’t get rolled out to recognize the best defenders in the Association until the tail end of the Celtics golden era of title dominance in the 1960s, and yet they still figure among the best-represented franchises for this honor over the years.

How many Celtics won First or Second Team honors? What were their names, and which seasons did they do it in? Scroll down and find out just how well you know your favorite team’s history — recent or otherwise.

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1968-69: Bill Russell - First Team

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1968-69: Tom Sanders - Second Team

Tom Satch Sanders Boston Celtics
Tom Satch Sanders Boston Celtics

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1968-69: John Havlicek - Second Team

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1969–70: John Havlicek - Second Team

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1970-71: John Havlicek - Second Team

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1971-72: John Havlicek - First Team

Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports

1971-72: Don Chaney - Second Team

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1972-73: John Havlicek - First Team

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1972-73: Don Chaney - Second Team

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1973-74: John Havlicek - First Team

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1973-74: Don Chaney - Second Team

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1974-75: John Havlicek - First Team

John Havlicek Boston Celtics
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

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1974-75: Paul Silas - First Team

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1974-75: Dave Cowens - Second Team

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1974-75: Don Chaney - Second Team

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1975-76: Paul Silas - First Team

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1975-76: John Havlicek - First Team

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1975-76: Dave Cowens - First Team

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1979-80: Dave Cowens - Second Team

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1981-82: Larry Bird - Second Team

Nate Archibald
Nate Archibald

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1982-83: Larry Bird - Second Team

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1982-83: Kevin McHale - Second Team

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1983-84: Larry Bird - Second Team

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1983-84: Dennis Johnson - Second Team

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1984-85: Dennis Johnson - Second Team

AP Photo/Paul R. Benoit

1985-86: Kevin McHale - First Team

AP Photo/Charlie Krupa

1985-86: Dennis Johnson - Second Team

AP Photo/Paul Benoit

1986-87: Kevin McHale - First Team

Kevin McHale Boston Celtics
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

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1986-87: Dennis Johnson - First Team

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1987-88 - Kevin McHale - First Team

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

1988-89: Kevin McHale - Second Team

AP Photo/Carol Francavilla

1989-90: Kevin McHale - Second Team

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2007-08: Kevin Garnett - First Team

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics meet as the foul line in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals Tuesday, June 10, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

2008-09: Kevin Garnett - First Team

Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett

AP Photo/Winslow Townson

2008-09: Rajon Rondo - Second Team

AP Photo/Stanley Leary

2009-10: Rajon Rondo - First Team

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

2010-11: Kevin Garnett - First Team

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2010-11: Rajon Rondo - First Team

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2011-12: Kevin Garnett - Second Team

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

2011-12: Rajon Rondo - Second Team

AP Photo/Winslow Townson

2012-13 - Avery Bradley - Second Team

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2015-16: Avery Bradley - First Team

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2017-18: Al Horford - Second Team

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2018-19: Marcus Smart - First Team

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

2019-20: Marcus Smart - First Team

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