Contenders for Yearly Team Awards
Those mentioned previously are all for individual awards, but I have picked a few more out that could be named to one of the Yearly Team Awards.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – All-NBA First Team
This is more or less a lock, let’s be honest. The debate is between him and Jokic for the best player in the league, so anything other than making the first team would be a shock.
Damian Lillard – All-NBA Second Team
The reason I have Lillard on the second team is due to Luka Doncic and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander being named to the first team last season. Lillard is as good as these two, but they are the stars of their team, and then you have Steph Curry making the second team last season, which shows just how good those young guards were.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – All-Defensive First Team
Somehow, he didn’t make either defensive team last season, which is crazy. Not sure how that happened. This season, with everything that has gone on with the Bucks’ exit and new additions throughout the organization, Giannis is going to be a defensive monster as usual and will make the first team.
Brook Lopez – All-Defensive First Team
Can he do it in back-to-back seasons? Why not, I say. If he keeps up the defense he showed last season and is in contention for the D.P.O.Y., then yes, he can quite easily make the All-Defensive First Team for the second year running.
Andre Jackson Jr. – All-Rookie Second Team
Now, this is the bold one. Andre Jackson Jr. has impressed us all in the preseason, and we can’t wait to see him in the regular season. If he ties down a regular spot in the rotation, then he has the chance of making an All-Rookie team. We know the likes of Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson will be the stars for their franchises, but guys who are impactful and show they belong are always in contention for either All-Rookie teams. Jackson Jr. can make one.
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