If you're looking for a quick snapshot of any year in NBA history, the All-NBA teams are a pretty decent place to start.
They don't provide too much context, sure.
But quick, who were the best players in the league during the 1967-68 season?
You might not remember all the names of the standouts from that portion of basketball history, but a glance at the All-NBA teams will immediately remind you of Dave Bing and Hal Greer, who are often forgotten about when compared to luminaries like Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell and Jerry West.
Of course, these teams also mean a great deal in the present day, as they're one of the best ways of recognizing greatness at the end of the season. There are only a handful of trophy-earning awards, and All-Star teams—which are largely influenced by popularity—only recognize the first portion of the season.
Basically, All-NBA teams are important. All three of them.
As we go through this year's expected selections (remember, there are two backcourt players, two forwards and one center on each team), it's worth noting that these are not my personal selections. Instead, they're predictions based on the ballots that have been made public and a general consensus of opinion.
In many cases, my opinion is different than what appears here, even if I only note that a few times throughout the article.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference.com.