All-NBA Teams Announced – Giannis, Embiid Lead the All-NBA First Team

Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the All-NBA First Team receiving the maximum 100 first team votes. This is Antetokounmpo’s seventh first team selection and fifth consecutive. The Bucks forward is joined by this season’s MVP Joel Embiid, Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Embiid won the most prestigious individual award this year after finishing second in the previous two seasons. The Sixers center led the league in scoring with 33.1 points, and this is his first selection to the All-NBA First Team after four second-team selections. Luka Doncic had a disappointing season with the Dallas Mavericks but still made it to the first team for the fourth consecutive year. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a breakthrough season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and after making his All-Star debut this season, he found his way to the All-NBA First Team. Jayson Tatum is the only US player on the All-NBA First Team. The Celtics forward received the most first team votes after Antetokounmpo, and this is his second consecutive first team selection.

Nikola Jokic, who finished second in the MVP voting, leads the All-NBA second team. The Serbian center who averaged almost triple-double this season, made his fifth All-NBA selection and second in the second team. Steph Curry, the leader of the Golden State Warriors, is named in the second team for the fourth time in his career, and this is his 9th All-NBA selection in total. Jimmy Butler, who is having an epic performance in the Playoffs with the Miami Heat, earned his fifth selection. Donovan Mitchell from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Jaylen Brown from the Boston Celtics received All-NBA honors for the first time in their respective careers.

LeBron James headlines the All-NBA third team. This is his 19th All-NBA selection for the Lakers forward who is on top of the all-time list followed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan who were selected 15 times in the All-NBA teams.

The Sacramento Kings had a fantastic regular season and got back to the Playoffs for the first time since 2006. Their best two players De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis were recognized for that and they lead the All-NBA third team. This is the first time for both of them to receive All-NBA honors. Damian Lillard, who scored a career-high 71 points this season for the Portland Trail Blazers and the New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle, rounds up the All-NBA Third Team.

Others players receiving votes:

Guards — Ja Morant (Memphis); Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee); Jalen Brunson (New York); Devin Booker (Phoenix); James Harden (Philadelphia); Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana) and Trae Young (Atlanta).

Forwards — Lauri Markkanen (Utah); Kevin Durant (Phoenix); Pascal Siakam (Toronto); Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers); Anthony Edwards (Minnesota); Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis); DeMar DeRozan (Chicago); Mikal Bridges (Brooklyn); Paul George (LA Clippers) and Zach LaVine (Chicago).

Centers — Anthony Davis (LA Lakers); Bam Adebayo (Miami); Kristaps Porzingis (Washington) and Brook Lopez (Milwaukee)

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