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

LeBron James, Kevin Durant

LeBron James, Kevin Durant


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

      • Guard: Stephen Curry, Golden State (65, 489)
      • Guard: Tony Parker, San Antonio (14, 210)
      • Forward: Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers (5, 350)
      • Forward: Kevin Love, Minnesota (2, 237)
      • Center: Dwight Howard, Houston (9, 226)

    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