Posted May 23, 2013

Heat’s LeBron James, Thunder’s Kevin Durant headline All-NBA First Team

Ben Golliver, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tim Duncan
LeBron James (left) and Kevin Durant headlined the 2013 All-NBA First Team. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

LeBron James (left) and Kevin Durant headlined the 2013 All-NBA First Team. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

The 2013 All-NBA teams were revealed Thursday, and the league’s MVP headlined the First Team as you would expect.

Heat forward LeBron James was unanimously named to his seventh All-NBA First Team after being named to his fifth All-Defensive First Team earlier this month.

James was joined on the First Team by Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Clippers guard Chris Paul and Spurs center Tim Duncan. Bryant’s First Team selection marked the 11th of his career, tying him with Karl Malone for tops in league history.

James, Durant, Bryant and Paul were all All-NBA First Team selections in 2012. This was Duncan’s 10th First Team selection, and his first since 2006-07.

The All-NBA Second Team featured Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, the NBA’s leading scorer; Clippers forward Blake Griffin; Grizzlies center and Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol; Spurs guard Tony Parker; and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who missed the majority of the postseason after knee surgery. Parker and Westbrook were both Second Team selections in 2012 while Anthony was a Third Team selection.

The All-NBA Third Team was headlined by Pacers forward Paul George, the Most Improved Player; Warriors forward David Lee; Lakers center Dwight Howard; Heat guard Dwyane Wade; and Rockets guard James Harden. Howard was a First Team selection in 2012 while Wade returns to the Second Team.

All of the 2013 All-NBA selections, except Gasol, were also selected to the 2013 All-Star Game.

Here’s how the voting totals broke down.

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The following players also received votes.

Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 132 (7 First Team votes); Stephen Curry, Golden State, 72; LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland, 62; Chris Bosh, Miami, 59 (4); Joakim Noah, Chicago, 56 (3); Zach Randolph, Memphis, 45; Al Horford, Atlanta, 31 (2); Paul Pierce, Boston, 24; Al Jefferson, Utah, 20 (1); Tyson Chandler, New York, 19 (1); Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 9; Luol Deng, Chicago, 8; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 8; Ty Lawson, Denver, 8;  Josh Smith, Atlanta, 7; Deron Williams, Brooklyn, 6; Pau Gasol, LA Lakers, 4; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 4; Omer Asik, Houston, 3; Kenneth Faried, Denver, 3; Raymond Felton, New York, 3; Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, 3; Carlos Boozer, Chicago, 2; Mike Conley, Memphis, 2; David West, Indiana, 2; Rudy Gay, Toronto, 1; J.J. Hickson, Portland, 1; Andre Iguodala, Denver, 1; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 1; Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota, 1; Rajon Rondo, Boston, 1; Nikola Vucevic, Orlando, 1.

A panel of media members selects the All-NBA teams.

7 comments
MikelArtist
MikelArtist

hey.. step curry and clay.... and brook is better than dwight...

Republic
Republic

Brooke Lopez played better than Dwight this year.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

This list is too often a complet joke...Dwight Howard?  Seriously?  He was simply horrible for the majority of the year.  Andrew Bynam of course was worse, but not by much!

Aside from his ankle problems (which did not limit him in the regular season), I doubt many teams in the league would take Westbrook or Harden over Steph Curry.  Then again, I'd take Harden over Kobe Bryant who is a shadow of his former self.  The points may be there, but the number of shots needed is too often ridiculous, not to mention the fact that his teammates are just forced to stand by and watch the show.

Phil Jackson doesn't miss much and he is spot on about that weakness in team play.


BruceAllan
BruceAllan

Dwight Howard should only be on the primadonna list. He's an outright stonehanded team killer. BUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JamieBreslow
JamieBreslow

Funny that you picked James, Durant, and Paul as the headline when the real story is that after all these years Duncan and Kobe play at the highest level against competition of all ages and sizes. There's 3 top-ten all-time players in this selection, and two great ones.

LWade
LWade

@DavidHarte  - Actually, Kobe had a better shooting percentage than Harden and more assists, while Harden had slightly more turnovers.  On top of that, even with all the mileage, Kobe is still a better defender than Harden.