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Unanimous LeBron James leads All-NBA First team

May 12, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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He wasn’t the MVP, but LeBron James was the only player to be unanimously selected to the All-NBA first team.

The actual MVP — Chicago’s Derrick Rose — and runner up Dwight Howard were both one vote short of being unanimous. Here are the teams.

All NBA First Team:

Forward: LeBron James, Miami
Forward: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
Center: Dwight Howard, Orlando
Guard: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Guard: Derrick Rose, Chicago

All NBA Second Team:

Forward: Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers
Forward: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
Center: Amar’e Stoudemire, New York
Guard: Dwyane Wade, Miami
Guard: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

All NBA Third Team

Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland
Forward: Zach Randolph, Memphis
Center: Al Horford, Atlanta
Guard: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio
Guard: Chris Paul, New Orleans

Rajon Rondo ends up as the guy with the most votes who didn’t make it. He actually had more points than Horford and Randolph, but by position he was behind the other guards. A fourth team of guys who just missed would have been Rondo and Paul Pierce (I’m making PP a guard, just to go in vote order), Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love at forward, Tim Duncan at center.

We can have a debate if Kobe Bryant really had a first-team kind of season, if Wade or Westbrook might not have been better, but it’s not a disaster of a choice. I’d have had Chris Paul farther up, as well, but injuries and a second half decline in the regular season hurt him. It’s good to see Randolph get voted in after the fans didn’t put him in the All-Star game.

If you go on down the list of who got votes, it again begs for transparency. We don’t know who voted for whom, but you should have to defend your choices. While the groupthink of the top three All-NBA teams ends up being defensable, there are some votes that are not.

Like three people voting Kendrick Perkins at center to an All-NBA team. Perkins played in just 29 games and has no offensive game to speak of — that is just a terrible vote. Also two people voted Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani on to All-NBA Third Team, and one person gave Eric Gordon of the Clippers a vote. So did Emeka Okafor. Someone really should explain those.

  1. sknut - May 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    I find it ironic that writers demand transparency when they are reporting things, yet their votes are shielded. I think it make for great conversation for writers to have to explain their votes.

  2. denverhoopdreams - May 12, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Is anyone suprised that Carmelo Anthony didn’t make it this year? Not me. Because him and Team don’t go in the same scentence together unless its a scentence like this.

  3. goforthanddie - May 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Are you the one who was so outraged LeBitch missed a few MVP votes? Where’s the outrage for Dwight and DRose?

  4. T.C. R - May 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Congrats Lebron! Your ascension is almost complete.

  5. jstrizzle - May 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    The Irony is that at the end of the day the Heat have the same “superstar” power as the Lakers and Thunder. Unless all the voters accidentally checked the Chris Paul box instead of the Chris Bosh one. Maybe people can stop hating and enjoy what has been some pretty good playoff series.

  6. rosloe62 - May 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Once again it shows how some sports writers are a joke!

  7. olsherm - May 12, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    are people still hating on lebron from something last year.

  8. thestudiokida - May 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    I don’t care about the MVP but what sane person thinks that Kobe was better than Dwyane Wade this year? Besides putting up better stats, doing more for his team, and playing far superior defense… Wade owned Kobe 1-on-1 this year. I’ve felt that Dwyane pulled even with Kobe last year and far surpassed him this year. Will Kobe have to lose an arm before people realize he isn’t a dominant NBA player anymore?

    • hnirobert3 - May 13, 2011 at 12:05 AM

      I love Bob Ryan’s alien question. If the world was being challenged in a basketball game by aliens for control of the world, who would you want on your team? I think this current post season confirms the obvious at this stage in their careers: Wade > Kobe.

  9. philtration - May 12, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Who are the idiots that did not vote for Howard and Rose?

    • hnirobert3 - May 13, 2011 at 12:07 AM

      Unless I’m reading it incorrectly, nobody missed on voting for Howard or Rose. They just voted them 2nd team instead of 1st. Big difference between not voting for LBJ for one of the three MVP votes.

  10. fouldwimmerlaik - May 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Lebron threatened to take his talents to Europe if he wasn’t voted unanimously.

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