Announced at the end of every NBA season, the All-NBA teams recognize only the finest players in the league. In total, 15 players are selected and split into first, second and third teams depending on how many votes they collected.
With the talent level in the NBA possibly at an all time high, this years teams are truly special.
Former No. 1 overall pick Derrick Rose has led the Bulls to the best record in the East and is the front runner for MVP honors. Combining terrific athleticism and an improving jump shot, Rose has carried the Bulls at times all by himself, as big men Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer missed time with injury.
With coach Tom Thibodeau's playoff proven defense and Rose's tremendous skills, Chicago can expect to go far in the playoffs.
At 32 years old and in his 14th NBA season, the Mamba is showing no signs of slowing down.
Using his ever trusty jump shot and a startlingly effective post game, Kobe can still fill it up on any given night. Kobe's work ethic, focus and determination to win every night are as strong as they have ever been.
With Phil Jackson limiting his minutes, Bryant has turned up his intensity on the defensive side of the ball, as he makes sure every minute of his court time counts.
Currently second in the West, the Lakers will be heavily favored to complete their three-peat.
King James may be the most hated player in the league, but he may just be the best.
Despite early troubles fitting in alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, LeBron has picked up where he left of in Cleveland, filling in box scores at a historic rate. Absolutely dominant on both sides of the ball, LeBron's ball skills and versatility are what make him truly special.
His struggles in the clutch have been well documented, but LeBron still has the Heat in good position to get second place in the East. If he and Dwyane Wade mesh together well in the playoffs, the Heat will be an exceptionally tough team to beat in a seven game series.
The NBA's leading scorer, Kevin Durant, is in position to win his second consecutive scoring title at only 22 years of age. Standing at 6'9'' Durant has proved to be absolutely unguardable, with unlimited range on his jump shot and a developing post game.
After getting knocked out of the first round of the playoffs last season, Durant has the Thunder set for a much longer run this year. With a young nucleus around him, expect the Thunder to be a force for the next decade.
The league's premier defensive player, Superman has done it all for the Orlando Magic this year.
After putting in the hard work in the offseason, which included working on a post game with Hakeem Olajuwon, Howard has established career highs in both scoring and rebounding. To go with his incredible defensive work, Howard has made a great case for league MVP.
With a roster still trying to gel together after a series of blockbuster trades, the Magic are weaker than they have been over the past two years. Don't expect another Finals appearance for Howard.
With LeBron James and Chris Bosh either side of him, Wade no longer has to carry the entire Heat team on his shoulders, like he has had to over the past three years. Similar to LeBron, he struggled early on as the Heat's trio went through a lot of growing pains, but as the season has progressed we've seen more of the D-Wade we have grown accustomed to.
Already an NBA champion, Wade will be seeking his second ring in the playoffs this year. As the Heat's closer and captain, expect Wade to lead the Heat deep into the playoffs.
Similar to fellow third year point guard Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook took the leap from star to superstar this season. Also like Rose, Westbrook combines explosive athleticism with a developing jump shot, and alongside Kevin Durant has the Thunder in place for a great playoff run.
Where Westbrook stands alone from Rose is his defense. With tremendous agility and long arms, Westbrook causes havoc for opposing point guards.
Part of a solid young core with Durant, James Harden and Serge Ibaka, the Thunder look to take the next step as a team this April.
After signing a $100 million contract as a free agent, Stoudemire set himself the goal of making the Knicks relevant again and re-establish New York as a basketball city. After an explosive first half of the season in which he was an MVP candidate, Amar'e has somewhat tapered off.
The Carmelo Anthony trade saw the Knicks regress as Amar'e and Carmelo struggled to gel together, but Amar'e has kept his scoring up.
With the Knicks set to appear in the playoffs for the first time since 2004, Stoudemire will be a key figure, as he and Carmelo try to bring respect back to the Knicks name.
Dirk's importance to the Mavs can be illustrated by Dallas' record without him at the beginning of the season. At one point 24-5, the Mavs were looking at the number one seed in the West before Dirk went down with a knee injury. The Mavericks record without him this season is 2-7.
Arguably the game's premier power forward, Dirk's ability to shoot from all over the floor with his 7'0'' frame makes him special. At 32 years of age, Dirk is about to complete his 11th consecutive season of at least 21 points and seven rebounds.
One of the most clutch players in the league, Nowitzki will lead the Mavericks in the playoffs and attempt to get the championship that has always evaded him.
Perhaps the most egregious All-Star snub in history, LaMarcus Aldridge has carried the Trail Blazers into playoff contention, despite missing Brandon Roy for most of the season.
Playing extended minutes at center for the first time in his NBA career, Aldridge has flourished as the number one option for Portland, establishing career highs in points, rebounds, blocks and assists.
With Brandon Roy expected to appear in the playoffs and the recent trade for Gerald Wallace, the Trail Blazers will be a dangerous opponent for any team.
Playing almost the entire year with a knee injury, Paul nevertheless has the Hornets in place to appear in the playoffs after missing out last year. Still the league best point guard, Paul's ability to get his teammates in perfect position to score is uncanny.
Ever the thief, CP3 is set to lead the league in steals again, showing his leadership at both ends of the court.
With David West out for the season, not much is expected out of the Hornets, but with Paul at the helm don't expect them to lie down.
Boston may have the Big Three, but Rondo is without a doubt their most important player. A terrific playmaker, Rondo has stepped up his game as Pierce and Garnett have started to slow down. While his jump shot still requires a lot of work, Rajon makes up for it with stellar defense and an uncanny knack for rebounding.
With the Big Three set for one last Finals run, the pressure will be on Rondo to make the right plays and not shy away from the big shot. Already an NBA champion, Rondo's form will go a long way in determining who comes out of the East.
Like LeBron James, so much attention was spent on Carmelo Anthony's trade demands and subsequent deal, that most people forgot how good a player he was. Despite the "Melo-Drama", Carmelo still played at a high level for Denver before getting traded to the Knicks.
While he has struggled early on at the Garden, as he learns to play with Amar'e and Mike D'Antoni, there is no denying his talent.
Alongside Stoudemire, Anthony is expected to lead the Knicks into the playoffs. While they will not be favored in their match-up, a team featuring both Melo and Amar'e will always be dangerous.
The Robin to Kobe's Batman, Pau Gasol continues to play terrific basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers. While he still isn't as aggressive as many Lakers fans desire, Gasol's rare skills for a big man are what make the Lakers a truly elite team.
Now that Andrew Bynum is healthy, Gasol is able to play his preferred power forward position, where he excels using his size and midrange game to create advantages.
As the prohibitive favorites, the Lakers will have a lot of pressure on them to complete the three-peat and Gasol will be expected to step up.
One of the more underrated players in the league, Hawks center Al Horford is developing into an elite talent. Setting new career highs in points, assists and field goal percentage, Horford is every much as important to the Hawks success as Joe Johnson is. Able to run the floor well, Horford also gives the Hawks a physical defensive presence in the paint.
After consecutive second round appearances, the emergence of the Heat and Bulls have made the East much more competitive. With the stronger competition expect the Hawks to bow out in the first round.