Putting together the All-NBA First Team was easy enough, probably because the second team was sitting there next to it, functioning as a safety net where guys who narrowly missed the cut in the first go-round could land.
But making decisions for that second team was practically impossible. There were just too many deserving candidates who couldn't quite make the grade.
In the real world, there's a third team for some of these guys. Here, there's only the unsatisfying inclusion in the "Toughest Omissions" slide.
We might as well refer to that as the "kissing your sister" section.
In handing out All-NBA honors, the statistics mattered most. Remember, spots on these teams depend entirely on regular-season performance. Individual numbers are critical, but team success can't be ignored either.
Volume is key as well. Efficient contributions to a team aren't worth much if they're not spread over a large chunk of the season. Games played is as big a consideration as anything in these predictions.
Another constraint: positions.
The official NBA ballot requires the selection of two guards, two forwards and one center per team. That's a particularly painful set of parameters because so many forwards were deserving this season.
But tough decisions had to be made. Here's how we expect the All-NBA teams to shake out when the final votes come in later this month.