The All-NBA teams are voted for by a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters who vote for a first, second and third team by position. Five points are awarded for a 1st team vote, three for a 2nd team vote and one for a 3rd team vote. The sum of the points per position then determine into which team a player ends up.
In a season where awards and records were synonymous with his name, it was no surprise to anyone that LeBron James made the All-NBA first team. The icing on the cake for James though would be him finally receiving all the votes after being snubbed of a clean sweep in votes so many times in this series of awards. The Miami Heat Forward got a 1st team vote from all 119 members on the panel and was the only one player to do so.
LA Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant received 537 points in his 11th first team selection which tied him up with legendary Utah Jazz (last season Laker) Forward Karl Malone as the most first team selection ever. In a season where he single-handedly carried the Lakers back from the pits of the Western Conference to playoff contention, only to not be able to participate in the playoffs due to a season ending injury. San Antonio’s Tim Duncan had 392 points and was “kindly” slipped into the Centre position even though he was selected as a Second Defense Team forward. In a career where the big man has always seemed to come second to Bryant in overall achievements this was his… you guessed it, 10th first team selection. This being his 16th season in the NBA Duncan has still been a major factor in the west in leading the now Finals bound Spurs.
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder filled out the other Forward spot with 555 points. Although this season didn’t take him back to the finals, Durant improved big across the board on his game. Losing the scoring title should not over-shadow the 50-40-90 season he had. Only one other player in NBA history has averaged 28+ points with a 50-40-90 in a season and that was Larry Bird, so the kid is in good company. LA Clippers Chris Paul took the other Guard position with 537 points for a season where the LA team that did finally get him owned the home-court Staples Centre. Paul also led the west in the All-Star game finishing with the MVP award. He finished the season first in steals and second in assists.
The second team features Memphis Grizzlies Centre Marc Gasol, Forwards Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers and Guards Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.
The third team has LA Lakers Centre Dwight Howard, Forwards David Lee of the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers Paul George and Guards Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat and James Harden of the Houston Rockets.
Written And Compiled By: Lebuhang Ramollo (@RA_Mollo)
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