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The REAL All-NBA Teams Revealed

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IMay 14, 2009

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Well, the NBA didn’t want to make the tough decisions, so when they announced the All NBA Teams today, there are some very interesting takes. First, to be fair, here are the official teams, courtesy of NBA.com:

First Team
Guard: Kobe Bryant
Guard: Dwyane Wade
Forward: Dirk Nowitzki
Forward: Lebron James
Center: Dwight Howard

Second Team
Guard: Chris Paul
Guard: Brandon Roy
Forward: Tim Duncan
Forward: Paul Pierce
Center: Yao Ming

Third Team
Guard: Tony Parker
Guard: Chauncey Billups
Forward: Pau Gasol
Forward: Carmelo Anthony
Center: Shaq

Now, before I drop my teams, two things don’t make sense. First, the All-NBA Teams generally should represent the best five players at EACH position, meaning you wouldn’t see a team where there are two point guards(3rd team), or two shooting guards(1st team) both on the same team, which is the cae here. Someone makes the first team, the other one makes the second, simple. No one wanted to pick Kobe over Wade, over Billups, over Parker, so they make them both on the same team. Pitiful.

LayupDrill.com Unofficial All-NBA Team:

First Team Point Guard: Chauncey Billups
First Team Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant
First Team Small Forward: Lebron James
First Team Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki
First Team Center: Dwight Howard

Second Team Point Guard: Chris Paul
Second Team Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade
Second Team Small Forward: Danny Granger
Second Team Power Forward: Tim Duncan
Second Team Center: Yao Ming

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Third Team Point Guard: Tony Parker
Third Team Shooting Guard: Brandon Roy
Third Team Small Forward: Kevin Durant
Third Team Power Forward: Pau Gasol
Third Team Center: Shaq

The major differences can be seen. Much more balanced, and tough decisions are made. Who do you think got snubbed?

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