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2014 PBT Awards: All-NBA team

Apr 18, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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Though none of us have a ballot for the NBA’s official awards, we’ll be presenting our choices and making our cases this week for each major honor.

Kurt Helin

First team

Second team

Third team

Forward was just brutal — Carmelo Anthony and LaMarcus Aldridge are not on here for me and if I could find a way they would be. I moved Paul George up to guard just to get him out of the forward slot and get him recognition he deserves. Glad to finally get Al Jefferson some deserved pub.

Brett Pollakoff

First team

  • G: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
  • G: James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • F: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • F: LeBron James, Miami Heat
  • C: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

Second team

  • G: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  • G: John Wall, Washington Wizards
  • F: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
  • F: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • C: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

Third team

  • G: Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns
  • G: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
  • F: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
  • F: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
  • C: Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats

The biggest surprise when choosing these teams was how easy it was to leave off players from the two teams that finished with the best records in their respective conferences — the Spurs and the Pacers. Curry and Harden were interchangeable in the final guard spot on the first team for me, and third team features three guys who all had fantastic seasons and were instrumental in their teams’ success in Jefferson, Lowry and Dragic.

Dan Feldman

First team

  • G: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  • G: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
  • F: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • F: LeBron James, Miami Heat
  • C: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

Second team

  • G: Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns
  • G: James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • F: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
  • F: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • C: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

Third team

  • G: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
  • G: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
  • F: Paul George, Indiana Pacers
  • F: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
  • C: Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats

Slotting all three centers was difficult, and I left out DeMarcus Cousins, who is close but might not get All-NBA credit from anyone. The forwards cleanly broke into two-man tiers. Anthony Davis just missed too many games in a crowded field for third team, and Carmelo Anthony was also a tough cut there. With all due respect to Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge, they didn’t play enough to claim a spot at this position. At guard, Harden stands in a class alone, below Curry and Paul, but above Dragic and Lowry. Separating Dragic and Lowry was difficult, but Dragic gets the edge for producing in the more-competitive West. Lillard narrowly beat John Wall and Mike Conley for third-team guard. None of those three seem All-NBA caliber, but one of them had to be with Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose missing too many games due to injury.

  1. calkinsrob - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Joakim Noah!!!! Its been so awesome to watch him develop as a player.

  2. savvybynature - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Did I miss the All-Defensive team selections? Don’t remember seeing them posted.
    All-NBA team selections are tough. So tough that I’m not even sure how much they mean anymore. Definitely splitting hairs making a few of these selections, especially at forward.

  3. 00maltliquor - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    is it just me, or are these awards -all of them: COY, All-NBA, MVP, 6th, ExecutiveOTY, etc.- really hard to chose from this year more then any other year?

  4. imthedudedude - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Feldman’s second team would prob beat any of these combinations, first or second. Sooo dirty

  5. cfutch - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Chris Paul Does not deserve to be on the First team this year. He was injured for almost half the season. I swear these “Experts” just pick the popular players without taking everything into account. Steph Curry and James Harden are the Obvious Choice at Guard this year.

    • ranfan12 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      He played 62 out of 82 games.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Chris Paul, Steph Curry and James Harden

      PER

      Paul 25.9
      Curry 24.1
      Harden 23.5

      FG%

      Paul .472%
      Curry .471% (the great shooting Curry shot less overall than Chris Paul)
      Harden .456%

      Win shares per 48 min’s – higher is better folks…

      Paul .270
      Curry .225
      Harden .221

      My only point is that there is a defense for listing Chris Paul on the first team all NBA…

      Paul still produces on the court and he did so again this past season…

      I see the argument about games played though as he played 62 to Curry’s 78 and to Harden’s 73

      • bougin89 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        “FG%

        Paul .472%
        Curry .471% (the great shooting Curry shot less overall than Chris Paul)
        Harden .456%”

        Curry has a higher 2fg% and 3fg% than Chris Paul. His fg% is lower because he shoots so many threes. He is a much, much better shooter and it’s not really close.

        Even though Curry is closing the gap fast, overall I’d still take Paul over Curry.

      • duhwighthoward - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Chris Paul is a better defender than the other two. Plus, he could score 30 a game if he wanted to, as opposed to James Harden, who tries to.

        Anyways, it doesn’t matter. Goran Dragic is the best point guard in the NBA.

  6. sportsfan18 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Mr. Feldman,

    Part of the justification you used in not selecting Anthony Davis on your 3rd team was that he missed too many games…

    Anthony Davis played in 67 games this season.

    Yet you listed Chris Paul on your fist team and he only played in 62 games this season…

  7. bougin89 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    “FG%

    Paul .472%
    Curry .471% (the great shooting Curry shot less overall than Chris Paul)
    Harden .456%”

    Curry has a higher 2fg% and 3fg% than Chris Paul. His fg% is lower because he shoots so many threes. He is a much, much better shooter and it’s not really close.

    Even though Curry is closing the gap fast, overall I’d still take Paul over Curry.

  8. jkirby317 - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    not a lot of love for the Pacers.
    They took a vote and the Pacers would rather have the team trophy given to the winner of the NBA finals.

  9. saint1997 - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Couldn’t agree more with Brett’s list – John Wall is lacking love as the 4th best PG in the league this season (leaving out Rondo Westbrook and Rose) and I get people have some envy-hate complex for Carmelo Anthony but he was the second best scorer in the league (on a bad team I know) so give the man 3rd team.

  10. engh533 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Well jkirby317 they need to play better than they have down the stretch or they won’t have a team award either,which I’m sure even though you didn’t say it,feel like they deserved more individual accolades

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