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All-NBA Teams Announced

The best players in the NBA have been categorised in teams, of first, second and third. The teams were announced today.

All-NBA First

LeBron James- makes his record 16th all-NBA team selection. James was first in assists this year, and averaged 25.3 points per game. His team the LA Lakers finished first in the west.

Giannis Antetokounmpo- his 4th all-NBA team selection and his 2nd all-NBA first team selection. Named Defensive Player of the Year this year, he finished 2nd in rebounds this season with 13.6, on top of this, he averaged 29.5 points per game this season, putting himself in the top 5. He was a key contributor in Bucks finishing first in the east.

James Harden- his 6th all-NBA first team selection. He finished first in points per game this season, with 34.3, as well as top in three pointer made with 4.4. He helped the Rockets make the playoffs, but were knocked out against the LA Lakers.

Anthony Davis- his 4th all-NBA first team selection. Davis finished 3rd in blocks, with 2.3 per game, and averaged 26.1 points per game. He is excelling in his first season at the Los Angeles Lakers, being a key contributor to the Lakers’ continued playoff run.

Luka Doncic- his 1st all-NBA selection. He became the 6th player under 21 to make the first NBA team, and is the first person to do it in his second season since Tim Duncan in 1998-99. Doncic finished 3rd in assists this season, finishing with a 8.8 assists per game. He also had 28.8 points per game in the regular season, with 9.4 rebounds as well. Just shy of averaging a triple double. He helped the Mavericks to the playoffs this season.

All-NBA Second Team

Kawhi Leonard- his 4th all-NBA selection. Leonard’s first season in the Los Angeles Clippers did not go to plan, as they were eliminated by the Nuggets in the Western Conference semi-final, however, the 2 time NBA champion averaged 27.1 points per game this season, as well as 7.9 assists per game.

Nikola Jokic- his 2nd all-NBA selection. Jokic has been killing it in the post season, averaging 25.4 points per game, from his 19.9 in the regular season. His team is currently in the WCF against the Lakers. Jokic has been a key part of the success this season at the Nuggets, after coming back in both series to win in game 7. He also averaged 10.8 rebounds per game this season, the 13th highest this season.

Damian Lillard- definitely a snub for the all-NBA first team. This is his 5th all-NBA team selection. He averaged 30 points per game, and was 3rd in the regular season in points per game. He was named the Bubble MVP, and an all-star this season as well. He also had an average of 8.0 assists per game. He was knocked out early in the NBA Playoffs.

Chris Paul- an NBA veteran, and his 9th all-NBA selection. His first season in OKC, he averaged 17.6 points per game with an impressive 48.9% field goal percentage as well. This adds to an even more impressive career for CP3, who is also a 10 time NBA All-Star.

Pascal Siakam- this is his first selection in an all-NBA team. The Most Improved Player of last year, his playoff form was abysmal, however, during the regular season he averaged 22.9 points per game, with 7.3 rebounds. Raptors got eliminated in the Eastern Conference semi-finals against Boston Celtics.

All-NBA Third Team

Ben Simmons- his first all-NBA first team selection. Although he is currently battling an injury, Simmons was a star for the 76ers in their regular season campaign. He averaged 16.4 points per game, as well as 7.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists, almost bagging himself a triple double average. He was also named an all star this season and his partnership with Joel Embiid was even stronger this time round.

Russell Westbrook- his 9th all-NBA first team selection. His first season in Houston as well. He averaged 27.2 points per game, which as a former MVP is not bad. On top of this, he averaged 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists this season and formed a deadly duo with his former team mate and now team mate James Harden.

Jimmy Butler- his 3rd all-NBA team selection. Butler’s career has rekindled at Miami Heat, making himself the main player at the club, as well as making his team mates look good around him. Bam Adebayo and him were all-stars this season. The Heat defeated the best team in the NBA, the Bucks this season to book themselves a spot in the ECF this season. He averaged 19.9 this season in the regular season, and 21.6 points per game in the playoffs.

Jayson Tatum- his first all-NBA first team selection. Tatum has been a star in both the regular and post season this year, making himself a star in the process. He is still playing basketball battling out in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. He averaged 23.4 points per game in the regular season, and is averaging 25.7 in the playoffs. Jayson Tatum has a bright future ahead of him.

Rudy Gobert- his 3rd all-NBA team selection. After stopping the league, he still makes the cut. The former DPOTY, he averaged a double double with 15.1 points per game and 13.5 rebounds. Although the Jazz did not get far in the NBA playoffs this season, he is continuing to show his quality and ability.

Photo Source: Sports Illustrated.

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