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Kevin Durant a unanimous All-NBA first-team selection, LeBron James not

Jun 4, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

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Kevin Durant, after his MVP season, was an All-NBA first-team lock. So was LeBron James.

But Durant makes his fifth straight All-NBA first team via unanimous vote this time. LeBron’s seventh straight first-team appearance comes with a blemish – a single voter who put him on the second team, believing the Heat star is not one of the two best forwards in the NBA.

Among players whose exact vote totals are less consequential than inclusion, Chris Paul, James Harden and Joakim Noah made the first team.

Throughout the three teams, there are no huge surprises. Paul George made himself a lot of money. Stephen Curry narrowly fell behind Harden for first team. Noah, Curry, Damian Lillard, Goran Dragic and Al Jefferson all made an All-NBA team for the first time in their careers.

Here are the full teams (first-team votes, total points):

First team

  • Guard: Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (86, 540)
  • Guard:  James Harden, Houston (73, 502)
  • Forward: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (125, 625)
  • Forward: LeBron James, Miami (124, 623)
  • Center: Joakim Noah, Chicago (101, 551)

Second team

Third team

  • Guard: Damian Lillard, Portland (2, 115)
  • Guard: Goran Dragic, Phoenix (1, 115)
  • Forward: Paul George, Indiana (4, 171)
  • Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland (2, 159)
  • Center: Al Jefferson, Charlotte (4, 191)

Other players receiving votes, point totals (first-team votes): Carmelo Anthony, New York, 86 (1) John Wall, Washington, 70; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 63 (1); DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 56; Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 40 (1); Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 37 (1); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 32 (1); Kyle Lowry, Toronto, 29; DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers, 21; Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 17; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 16 (2); DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento, 14 (1); Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, 7; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 6; Mike Conley, Memphis, 4; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 4; Zach Randolph, Memphis, 4; Joe Johnson, Brooklyn, 4; Lance Stephenson, Indiana, 3; Ty Lawson, Denver, 2; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 2; Chris Bosh, Miami, 1; Andre Drummond, Detroit, 1; Monta Ellis, Dallas, 1; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio, 1

  1. ravenswhat - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Wait dragic & Lillard over Westbrook?? Good lord.

    • savvybynature - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Westbrook missed a bunch of games though. I don’t see why this is so hard for people to understand.
      Thank goodness fans don’t vote for the all-NBA teams like they do the All-Star team, or Kobe would probably be a first or second team all-NBA player this season too despite only playing 6 games (though his defense was arguably better than Harden’s this season — BOOM!)

      • delfi2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Yeah, exactly when Kobe and Yao Ming made the all-star team when they didn’t play an entire season…..fubar.

        Let me guess where the writer who did not vote for LeBron resides…..hmmm. IDIOT

  2. newyorkball82 - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    According to you, Lebron is the best player at every position. I’ve never heard anybody so delusional in my life, seriously. How can you even start to possibly think that is the case. He got backed down by David west in the paint. He had no shot of stopping him in the possessions he tried to guard him. If he had continued to guard him he would have worn out. People argue the size and weight, but basketball is also a finesse game. If you can run around someone, you don’t have to run through them. If you can shoot a jumper, you don’t have to always fly past them. Keep reading your Lebron version of the Bible. For every one of your arguments, someone could disprove it.

    • bball242322 - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      LBJ even got backed down by Lance Stephenson last series as well

  3. 1509lucky - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    I can’t believe people don’t get it yet. The whole point of not voting LeBron 1st team is all about having you talk about the guy who didn’t vote for him. These egomaniacal sports writers do this crap all the time. The very next time they write about the EGO of the Players,point THIS out to them!

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