All-NBA First Team Was Announced Today Along with Others, But Who Was Snubbed the Most?
Thanks to Chris Mannix of SI.com on Twitter, we have a full look at this year's All-NBA teams and with the deep talent pool in the league, you know there had to be some tough choices to be made and some snubs.
Per Mannix's Twitter, here are the full All-NBA teams.
All-NBA Second Team: Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Amar'e Stoudemire.
All-NBA Third Team: Chris Paul, Manu Ginobili, LaMarcus Aldridge, Zach Randolph, Al Horford.
According to Mannix, near misses were Paul Pierce, Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony. Honestly, you'll have a hard time arguing with the first team, but if I had to pick one gripe, it would be Kobe Bryant's selection over Dwyane Wade.
The Heat star had a slight advantage in points per-game, but shot 50 percent from the floor while Kobe shot 45 percent. Wade also averaged more assists and rebounds per-game than Bryant. I know he had LeBron James and Chris Bosh, but the man had a better year than Bryant.
As far as snubs on the other teams go, LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph should have been on the second team. I wasn't in love with Pau Gasol's season and think we should have saw one of the other big men take his place.
Aldridge and Randolph had amazing years and I would have flipped one of them into the second team. However, what I want to know is how Paul Pierce almost made the third team. Pierce and the Celtics didn't have an amazing season and that feels like a vote based on name recognition more than anything else.
Don't get me wrong, Pierce had a good, but not a great season. Either way, imagine having that first team lineup in the 2012 Olympics.
Try stopping that group.
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