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As the playoffs have just begun, the time is getting closer for the All-NBA awards to be released. In this blog, I will discuss my nominations for the All-NBA Teams. The Rookie and Defensive Teams will be dropped shortly as well.
This was evaluated based on the player’s individual stats, team’s success, injuries, and expectations prior to the beginning of the season.
Also, I made a Forth Team of Runners-up of who might knock out any of the players that I have chosen. I created a few questions and answered them below as well to explain my choices.
G- Kyrie Irving
G- Bradley Beal
F- Paul George
F- Ben Simmons
C- Nikola Jokic
- G- Chris Paul
- G- Stephen Curry
- F- Jimmy Butler
- F- DeMar Derozan
- C- Karl-Anthony Towns
- G- Russell Westbrook
- G- Victor Oladipo
- F- Kevin Durant
- F- LaMarcus Aldridge
- C- Joel Embiid
- G- Damian Lillard
- G- James Harden
- F- Lebron James
- F- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- C- Anthony Davis
How is Kyrie Irving not on an All-NBA Team?
Many of you are probably asking the question above. Yes, he has led the Boston Celtics without Gordon Hayward to second in the East while averaging 24 points and 5 assists, but has only played in 60 games. Although Chris Paul has missed 2 more games and averaged 18 points per game and 8 assists, he is the second-best player of the best team in the league and has received more recognition than Irving this season.
Why is Oladipo on the Second Team and Curry on the Third?
Curry averaged 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists and Oladipo 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. As shown, Curry has better stats and is one of the best players on a top team in the league, but since he missed more than 30 games, it allows Oladipo to take the higher slot. He has single-handedly led the Pacers to the fifth seed in the East and is a top candidate for the Most Improved Player of the Year Award.
Since Russell Westbrook averaged a triple team, does he deserve a first team recognition?
Russell Westbrook has once again averaged a triple double, but it is not enough to earn a nod for the first team. He had plenty of competition against other guards, as James Harden had a MVP season and led the Rockets to the best record in the league, and Damian Lillard had a career-best season and proved himself to be a top guard in the league this season while leading the Blazers to third in the West. Lillard and Westbrook could possibly swap spots, but in my opinion, Lillard takes it over him because of the better team record and him being a deadlier shooting threat from behind the arc.
If DeRozan does not get chosen as a forward, who would replace him?
Since DeRozan has had more playing time as a forward than his listed shooting guard position, he is eligible to be selected as a forward. However, if he does not recognized as a forward, which may happen, opens up the debate between two players for the final spot: Ben Simmons and Paul George.
Despite starting as a point guard, Ben Simmons is fitted for both guard and forward. With averaging 16, 8, and 8, leading the young 76ers to third seed alongside “The Process,” and being able to compete with the other stars in the league only as a rookie, he deserves to be considered for the third team. Paul George’s shooting have dropped from last year, which allows Simmons to get credit over him.
Why is Anthony Davis Selected as a Center?
Davis’ listed position is a power forward, but with the fall of DeMarcus Cousins mid-way through the season, Anthony Davis has played more minutes at the center. This qualifies him to be nominated as a center as well. However, if he gets selected as a forward, Giannis would be kicked out of the first team and Embiid would move up from the second team. However, Davis would most likely be chosen as a center based on Giannis having a much more successful season than Embiid.
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