Voting by NBA head coaches. Each ballot has entries for two teams; two points given for 1st team, one for 2nd. Coaches cannot vote for own players. First Team repeaters from 1995-96 are in bold type.
|F||Scottie Pippen, Chicago||26||53|
|F||Karl Malone, Utah||10||25|
|C||Dikembe Mutombo, Atlanta||23||50|
|G||Gary Payton, Seattle||21||49|
|G||Michael Jordan, Chicago||23||51|
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|F||Anthony Mason, Charlotte||6||22|
|F||P.J. Brown, Miami||4||19|
|C||Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston||6||26|
|G||Mookie Blaylock, Atlanta||10||35|
|G||John Stockton, Utah||2||9|
Note: Michael Jordan was named to the first team for the eighth time in his career, tying Bobby Jones (Denver-Philadelphia) for the all-time record for most selections to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.