Harden, James top All-NBA team

Harden, James top All-NBA team; George, Hayward shut out
James matches all-time NBA record with 11th first-team selection
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19 May, 2017

Harden was selected to the First Team on all 100 ballots while Westbrook, who joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in National Basketball Association history to average a triple double for a full season, and James, who set career highs in rebounds and assists and led the league in minutes played, were chosen on 99 ballots with Leonard on 96.

That could hasten their departures from their current clubs, since other teams will be positioned make more lucrative contract offers in free agency. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes.

By sending out a snarky tweet reminding voters how dumb they were to leave him off last year's All-NBA teams, of course.

This is the fourth time Harden has made All-NBA in his five seasons with the Rockets (Third Team in 2012-13; First Team in 2013-14 and 2014-15).

Golden State's Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were second-team choices, joined by Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Utah's Rudy Gobert, and Boston's Isaiah Thomas. "Obviously I feel like I should be a first-team player, but it is what it is".

Harden made the First team for the third time in four years while Davis, Westbrook and Leonard each made their second appearance on the list.

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Harden totaled 2,356 points, 907 assists and 659 rebounds in 2016-17 alone. So many guys played well this year.

The Thunder point guard had a historic season.

The NBA MVP candidate helped lead the Rockets to a 55-27 record this season and to the Western Conference Semifinals for the second time in three years.

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans center Anthony Davis were other selections to the select squad, chosen in a global media vote. The players' union and the owners worked out a special dispensation that allows them to sign new extensions this summer, which otherwise would not have been allowed.

Superstar Anthony Davis earned 1st team All-NBA honors on Thursday. The 6-11 forward/center set a single-season franchise scoring record with 2,099 points.


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