Originally posted on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 5/4/12





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

Guards

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


Forwards

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


Center

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

Guards

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


Forwards

Kevin Love - Minnesota

26.0 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 2.0 apg


Blake Griffin - Clippers

20.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 3.2 apg


Center

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

Guards

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


Forwards

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


Center

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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