All-NBA Teams Announced; Let The Second Guessing Begin
On the first team, the only unanimous player selected by all 119 media writers and broadcasters was LeBron James. Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard each received 118 votes, each shunned by one short sighted voter. D Rose is good enough to win the MVP but not be a unanimous selection? Must’ve been a Hawks or Pacers fan.
All NBA First Team
Guard- Derrick Rose- 25.0 ppg, 7.7 apg, 4.1 rpg, 1.0 spg
Guard- Kobe Bryant- 25.3 ppg, 4.7 apg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 spg
Forward- LeBron James- 26.7 ppg, 6.5 apg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 spg
Forward- Kevin Durant- 27.7 ppg, 2.7 apg, 6.8 rpg, 1.1 spg
Center- Dwight Howard- 22.9 ppg, 1.4 apg, 14.1 rpg, 1.4 spg, 2.4 bpg
- One interesting thing about these numbers that jumped out at me were Kobe’s numbers. Statistics don’t tell the entire story, but Kobe scored more points, grabbed more rebounds and steals than D Rose in less minutes but was pretty much an afterthought in the MVP race (finishing fourth in the voting), with many people saying he had a “down” year. Did he really? Or has he just done so much in his career we just take him for granted? As it stands, he and D Rose have the exact same number of MVP awards to their credit.
- Dwight Howard finished second in MVP voting and it was well deserved. Though we’re almost as used to his gaudy stat lines as we are Kobe’s, Howard set a career high in ppg and was a tenth of a rebound from tying his per game career high.
- Even though surrounded by studs in Miami, James averaged two less assists per game than he did in his final year in Cleveland.
All-NBA Second Team
Guard- Russell Westbrook- 21.9 ppg, 8.5 apg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 spg
Guard- Dwyane Wade- 25.5 ppg, 4.6 apg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 spg
Forward- Amare Stoudemire- 25.0 ppg, 4.1 apg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 spg
Forward- Dirk Nowitzki- 23.0 ppg, 2.6 apg, 7.0 rpg, 0.6 bpg
Center- Pau Gasol- 18.8 ppg, 3.3 apg, 10.2 rpg, 1.6 bpg
- Do you think D Wade is upset LeBron made the first team over him even though it’s clear that LeBron follows Wade’s wake on and off the court?
- Poor Pau Gasol. Even though Lakers fans have turned on him after one bad series (when all he did was lead the squad to three straight Finals appearances) he’s had the two best rebounding years of his career in back to back seasons; is he really “soft”? Or does everyone want to run him out of town just to pursue Dwight Howard and a return to the “Hack-a-Shaq” era? Don’t you guys remember how much you hated that?
All-NBA Third Team
Guard- Chris Paul- 15.9 ppg, 9.8 apg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 spg
Guard- Manu Ginobili- 17.4 ppg, 4.9 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 spg
Forward- LaMarcus Aldridge- 21.8 ppg, 2.1 apg, 8.8 rpg, 1.0 spg
Forward- Zach Randolph- 20.1 ppg, 2.2 apg, 12.2 rpg, 0.8 spg
Center- Al Horford- 15.3 ppg, 3.5 apg, 9.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg
- Chris Paul’s 15.9 ppg average was the lowest of his career.
- Am I the only one who thinks LaMarcus Aldridge should have been on the second team?
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