2008-'09 All-NBA Teams and Awards

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2008-'09 All-NBA Teams and Awards
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All-NBA 1st Team:


C Dwight Howard, Orlando, 20.6 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 2.92 bpg


F Lebron James, Cleveland, 28.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 7.2 apg


G Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, 26.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.9 apg (I know the NBA does not do this—3 guards on the First Team—but how do you keep the best, or at worst, second-best player in the league off the First Team?)


G Dwyane Wade, Miami, 30.2 ppg, 5 rpg, 7.5 apg


G Chris Paul, New Orleans, 22.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 11 apg



2nd Team:


C Yao Ming, Houston, 19.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.95 bpg


F Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 19.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 1.68 bpg


F Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 25.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg


G Brandon Roy, Portland, 22.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.1 apg


G Deron Williams, Utah, 19.4 ppg, 10.7 apg, 1.1 spg



3rd Team:


C Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers, 18.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.5 apg


F Carmelo Anthony, Denver, 22.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.4 apg


F Paul Pierce, Boston, 20.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.6 apg


G Tony Parker, San Antonio, 22 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.9


G Jason Kidd, Dallas, 9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 8.7 apg



Honorable Mentions


F/C Troy Murphy, Indiana, 14.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg


F/C David Lee, New York, 16 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 1 spg


F Chris Bosh, Toronto, 22.7 ppg, 10 rpg, 1 bpg


F Antawn Jamison, Washington, 22.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.2 spg


F David West, New Orleans, 21 ppg, 8.5 rpg


G/F Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 25.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 spg


G/F Danny Granger, Indiana, 25.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.45 bpg



All-Defensive Teams


1st Team:


C Dwight Howard, Orlando, 13.8 rpg, 1 spg, 2.92 bpg


F/C Marcus Camby, Los Angeles Clippers, 11.1 rpg, 0.8 spg, 2.13 bpg


F Josh Smith, Atlanta, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 spg, 1.61 bpg


G Dwyane Wade, Miami, 5 rpg, 2.2 spg, 1.34 bpg


G Chris Paul, New Orleans, 5.5 rpg, 2.8 spg, 0.13 bpg


2nd Team:


C Andris Biedrins, Golden St., 11.2 rpg, 1 spg, 1.55 bpg


F Tyrus Thomas, Chicago, 6.4 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.91 bpg


F Gerald Wallace, Charlotte, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 spg, 0.94 bpg


F LeBron James, Cleveland, 7.6 rpg, 1.7 spg, 1.15 bpg


G Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 spg, 0.45 bpg



All-Rookie Teams


1st Team:


C Brook Lopez, New Jersey, 13 ppg, 8.1, 1.84 bpg


F Kevin Love, Minnesota, 11.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg


F Jason Thompson, Sacramento, 11.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg


G Derrick Rose, Chicago, 16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.3 apg


G O.J. Mayo, Memphis, 18.5 ppg, 3.2 apg, 1.1 spg



2nd Team:


C Marc Gasol, Memphis, 11.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg


F Michael Beasley, Miami, 13.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg


F D.J. White, Oklahoma City, 8.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg


G Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 15.3 ppg, 5.3 apg, 1.3 spg


G Eric Gordon, Los Angeles Clippers, 16.1 ppg, 1 spg



Most Valuable Player: LeBron James (over Wade and Kobe; getting his team the overall number one seed sealed the deal for me.)


Rookie of the Year: Derrick Rose (I actually thought about Brook Lopez here, but the Bulls are in the playoffs, so…it's got to be Rose.)


Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Dwight Howard (he's just a beast) and Dwyane Wade (close to being the best all-around player in the game)


Sixth Man of the Year: Jason Terry, Dallas (narrowly beating out my man, Nate Robinson)


Most Improved Player: Nene Hilario, Denver (granted, he only played 16 games last year, but he had such a miserable 16 games, I'm not sure his performance this season was at all expected)


Coach of the Year: Mike Brown, Cleveland (So many guys could make a case having to overcome injuries and other adversity—Doc Rivers, Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillan, Rick Adelman, George Karl, etc.—but I went with the guy with the best record).

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