A day after John Wall became the first Wizards player to make an All-NBA Defensive team in a decade, the point guard was dealt the ultimate snub Thursday as he was passed over for all three All-NBA teams.
Wall averaged 17.6 points, 10.0 assists (second in NBA), 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in leading the Wizards to the playoffs for the second year in a row and 46 wins. But it wasn't enough as Stephen Curry (first team), Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook (second team) and Kyrie Irving (third team) beat out Wall.
Curry was the league MVP for the Golden State Warriors, Paul led the league in assists with 10.3 for the L.A. Clippers and Westbrook was a triple-double machine in leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 45-win season mostly without Kevin Durant.
But Irving's selection over Wall was the head-scratcher. Aside from being Wall's backup for the All-Star Game -- Wall had a better season than Irving last year and was Irving's All-Star backup because of the popular fan voting -- Irving finished ahead of him again despite averaging just 5.2 assists per game as a point guard. In one game this season, Irving had 0 assists in a full game despite playing alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love.
1st team: James, Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol
2nd team: Paul, Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins and Pau Gasol
3rd team: Irving, Klay Thompson, Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan and DeAndre Jordan
James and Curry were the only unanimous selections, receiving all 129 votes for the first team.
Irving didn't receive any first-team votes but tallied 112 points. Wall only had 50. Like for the All-Defensive Teams released Wednesday, no other Wizards player received a vote for All-NBA.
Voting is done before the playoffs and what happens there isn't a factor.