NBA Announces All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams
On Thursday, the NBA announced its selections for the 2012-13 All-NBA teams.
The first team includes LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
From the NBA's official Twitter account:
The second team includes Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder:
Finally, the third team is comprised of David Lee of the Golden State Warriors, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and James Harden of the Houston Rockets:
According to the Lakers' Twitter account, Bryant's 11th selection to the first team ties him with Karl Malone for the most all time:
.@kobebryant has been named to the All-NBA 1st team for the 11th time, tying him with Karl Malone for the most such selections. Congrats KB!— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 23, 2013
Bryant proved to be one of the league's best yet again in 2012-13, averaging 27.3 points while moving into fourth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Via USA Today, James led all players with 119 votes for his first-team selection, while Durant was second with 102. LeBron was nearly a consensus pick for MVP (his fourth time winning the award), leading the Heat in points (26.8), assists (7.3) and rebounds (8.0) per game.
Durant wasn't too shabby himself, averaging 28.1 points per contest to come just shy of winning his fourth-straight scoring title.
This was the 10th first-team selection for the seemingly ageless Duncan, who averaged 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 blocks in his 16th NBA season. Meanwhile, Paul earned his third first-team selection after averaging 16.9 points, 9.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game while leading the Clippers to the No. 4 seed out West.
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