Friday, May 13, 2011

TWTWTNBA: Deconstructing the All-NBA Teams

I already tried to decipher the MVP Vote, and with the recent announcement of the All-NBA teams, it would be nice to look into the way the results went out.

2010-11 All-NBA First Team

Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward LeBron James, Miami (119) 595
Forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (69) 492
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando (118) 593
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (98) 551
Guard Derrick Rose, Chicago (118) 593

As I thought, these are the top 5 in the MVP voting. Naturally, they go as the 1st team. This would have been a deadly run-and-gun unit for London 2012, don't you think?

It's also interesting to note there that Lebron got the only unanimous vote, considering he finished third in the MVP race. Both Dwight and Derrick had 118.

2010-11 All-NBA Second Team

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers (2) 259
Forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (47) 437
Center Amar'e Stoudemire, New York (2) 258
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (24) 392
Guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 184

There clearly is a huge gap in the top tier to the next tier. I believe that everyone is in agreement that Pau Gasol has been a clear disappointment in the postseason knowing that he is in this group.

2010-11 All-NBA Third Team 

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland 135
Forward Zach Randolph, Memphis 67
Center Al Horford, Atlanta 62
Guard Manu Ginobili, San Antonio 106
Guard Chris Paul, New Orleans 157

Finally, LaMarcus Aldridge gets the recognition he truly deserves after being robbed of not only an All-Star Game berth, but also the Most Improved Player nod.

Note the others getting votes:

Rajon Rondo, Boston, 68
Paul Pierce, Boston, 55
Carmelo Anthony, Denver-New York, 53
Kevin Love, Minnesota, 48
Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 43
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers, 36
Tony Parker, San Antonio, 27
Kevin Garnett, Boston, 22
Deron Williams, Utah-New Jersey 19
Steve Nash, Phoenix, 17
Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee, 13
Monta Ellis, Golden State, 11
Nene, Denver, 11
Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers, 9
Kevin Martin, Houston, 7
Tyson Chandler, Dallas, 7
Joakim Noah, Chicago, 5
Marc Gasol, Memphis, 3
Al Jefferson, Utah, 3
Kendrick Perkins, Boston-Oklahoma City, 3
Andrea Bargnani, Toronto, 2
Chris Bosh, Miami, 2
Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 1
Emeka Okafor, New Orleans, 1
Eric Gordon, L.A. Clippers, 1
Gerald Wallace, Charlotte-Portland, 1
Jason Kidd, Dallas, 1
Luis Scola, Houston, 1
Luol Deng, Chicago, 1
Ray Allen, Boston, 1

Some names just are eye-poppers. You can name them yourself and feel free to take potshots if they do so in your opinion.

Overall, I managed to correctly name 12 out of the 15 players, with 10 being in their exact position, Manu being in the wrong team and Zach being in the wrong position. Not bad.

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