With the NBA regular season coming to a close it's time for awards week at The Hoops Manifesto. We've teamed up with some of Bloguin's best NBA writers to vote on who gets the (virtual) hardware. Next up: All-NBA Teams
Voting Panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, Lives from Knicks Fanatics, College Wolf and Bonk from TWolves Blog, Philip Rossman-Reich from Orlando Magic Daily, and Don from With Malice.
(bolded stats indicate player lead league in that category)
First Team All-NBA
Chris Paul - Clippers
19.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 9.1 apg, 2.5 spg
Kobe Bryant - Lakers
27.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.2 spg
LeBron James - Miami
27.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.9 spg, 53.1% FG
Kevin Durant - Oklahoma City
28.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.2 bpg
Andrew Bynum - Lakers
18.7 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 55.8% FG
Synposis: Different team, same results for Chris Paul this season. Kobe Bryant had a polarizing season this year - some feel he played great, some not so much. However, there is no denying the type of season LeBron James had - he was statistically dominant. James's only real challenge for the MVP is Kevin Durant, who was almost equally as amazing this past season. Andrew Bynum supplanted Dwight Howard as our First Team center - quite the feat.
Second Team All-NBA
Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City
23.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.7 spg
Dwyane Wade - Miami
22.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.3 bpg
Kevin Love - Minnesota
26.0 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 2.0 apg
Blake Griffin - Clippers
20.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 3.2 apg
Dwight Howard - Orlando
20.6 ppg, 14.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 2.1 bpg, 57.3% FG
Synposis: The much-maligned Russell Westbrook had his best season as a pro and has OKC looking like a legit contender. Speaking of a team's second option, Dwyane Wade had another typical season for Miami. Who would have though that some day Kevin Love would be posting 26 & 13 nights in the NBA on the regular? He takes a licking and keeps on ticking - another 20 & 10 season for Blake Griffin. Despite leading the league in rebounding and shooting, Dwight Howard will have to settle for a place on our All-NBA Second Team.
Third Team All-NBA
Tony Parker - San Antonio
18.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 7.7 apg, 1.0 spg
Rajon Rondo - Boston
11.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 11.7 apg, 1.8 spg
Josh Smith - Atlanta
18.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.7 bpg
Carmelo Anthony - New York
22.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg
Kevin Garnett - Boston
15.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 bpg
Synposis: There's no way San Antonio would be the best team in the NBA (in the regular season) if not for the superb play of Tony Parker. Steve Nash's grip on the assist crown was finally wrested away by Rajon Rondo this season. The much-underrated Josh Smith had another stat-stuffing season. On the flipside, the much-overrated Carmelo Anthony had an up-and-down year in Gotham. Who said Kevin Garnett was finished and washed up?
Others receiving votes: Deron Williams, Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Derrick Rose, James Harden, Chris Bosh
Previous Award Winners: Executive of the Year, Coach of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year, All-Rookie Team, Rookie of the Year, All-Defensive Teams, Defensive Player of the Year
Next up: Most Valuable Player
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