The league announced its esteemed All-NBA teams Wednesday, recognizing 15 of the NBA’s top talents for their regular season accomplishments.
As expected, Oklahoma City forward and league MVP Kevin Durant led the way on the first team. He was joined by Joakim Noah (Chicago), LeBron James (Miami), Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers) and James Harden (Houston).
It’s the fifth straight first team selection for Durant and the seventh straight – and eighth in nine years – for James. Paul makes his third straight appearance, while Harden and Noah each make their first-team debuts.
The NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, Noah averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. He joins Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Derrick Rose as the only Bulls to be named to the All-NBA First Team.
Check out the second and third team selections below:
All-NBA Second Team:
G – Tony Parker, San Antonio
G – Stephen Curry, Golden State
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota
F – Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
C – Dwight Howard, Houston
All-NBA Third Team
G – Damian Lillard, Portland
G – Goran Dragic, Phoenix
F – Paul George, Indiana
F – LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland
C – Al Jefferson, Charlotte
Here’s how the rest of the voting turned out:
Carmelo Anthony, New York, 86 (1 First Team vote); John Wall, Washington, 70; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 63 (1); DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 56; Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 40 (1); Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 37 (1); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 32 (1); Kyle Lowry, Toronto, 29; DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers, 21; Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 17; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 16 (2); DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento, 14 (1); Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, 7; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 6; Mike Conley, Memphis, 4; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 4; Zach Randolph, Memphis, 4; Joe Johnson, Brooklyn, 4; Lance Stephenson, Indiana, 3; Ty Lawson, Denver, 2; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 2; Chris Bosh, Miami, 1; Andre Drummond, Detroit, 1; Monta Ellis, Dallas, 1; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio, 1.
1. Only four of the 15 total selections are Eastern Conference players.
2. Carmelo Anthony was left off the teams, completely. A two-time second-teamer and four-time third-teamer, Anthony has never been named to the first team.
3. Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook were also left off. Obviously, injuries played a major role here.
4. Three teams (Portland, Houston, L.A. Clippers) had multiple players named All-NBA. All three failed to make the Western Conference Finals.
5. Shockingly, no Milwaukee Bucks made the cut. I joked on Twitter earlier today that no Bucks would have made even the 12th team, if such a thing existed, and the more I think about it, the more I believe that may actually the case. In theory, a player would need to be among the top 24 at his position (guards and forwards) in order to get a spot. Brandon Knight was easily Milwaukee’s best performer last season, but is he really a top-24 guard in the NBA? Probably not. Perhaps All-NBA 15th team is more realistic.