Building the First, Second and Third All-NBA 2013 Playoff Teams

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Building the First, Second and Third All-NBA 2013 Playoff Teams
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The 2013 All-NBA teams, by and large, didn't contain very many surprises.

Sure, you can argue that Dwight Howard and David Lee didn't deserve their spots on the All-NBA third team. And given his breakout performance in the 2013 playoffs, Stephen Curry's exclusion from the All-NBA teams looks remarkably foolish in retrospect.

But the truly ridiculous—like Rudy Gay earning more All-NBA votes than Dirk Nowitzki, or J.J. Hickson earning an All-NBA vote at all—was largely limited to the periphery.

The 2013 All-NBA playoff teams presented here, on the other hand, would make casual NBA fans roll their eyes in disgust. Stars like Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul are nowhere to be found, while just about every San Antonio Spurs starter earns a spot on one of the three All-NBA postseason teams.

Here, I've handsomely rewarded players whose teams advanced deep into the postseason. Defense also plays a large factor in these rankings, even though a player's defensive impact is significantly less quantifiable than his offensive contributions.

With the quest for the 2013 NBA championship down to only the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, check out who would qualify for the All-NBA playoff teams if such a thing actually existed.

Note: All statistics are current through games played on Monday, June 3. Advanced statistics come from either Basketball-Reference or, unless otherwise noted. Players are classified as "guard," "forward" and "center," as they are on the regular-season All-NBA teams.

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