Kobe Bryant and Dwight Hoard are still two of the better players in the NBA regardless of how upsetting their first season together on the court may have been. Today, by way of Lakers.com, Bryant was named to the All-NBA First-Team for a record tying 11th time, tying former teammate Karl Malone, and for the 8th consecutive season.
Bryant was a constant force for the injury-riddled Lakers squad this season as he averaged 27.3 points per game while playing 38.6 minutes every contest. He scored over 2,000 points for the eighth time in his career and became the fourth player in NBA history to do so while being above the age of 34. The other three players who accomplished this milestone are Alex English, Karl Malone, and Michael Jordan.
Bryant made the first team by collecting 91 first team votes placing him fourth in first team voting behind Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and unanimous selection, LeBron James. The last player of first-team selection is Tim Duncan who obtained 45 votes.
Dwight Howard, arguably the most sought after free-agent this off-season, made the All-NBA Third-Team. He gained 17 out of the possible 119 first place votes, the highest amount of the third team selection.
Howard only averaged 17 points per game this season but still lead the league with 12.4 rebounds per game. While his numbers were lower than his yearly standards he did announce that he returned 6 months earlier than expected to play for the Lakers this season.
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