It is that time of the year again, to where fans of top tier players wait to see if their guy made it on the All-NBA First-Team list. Thursday afternoon the league announced the players who they thought deserved the First-Team award the most.
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Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook: Westbrook had one of the best seasons an individual has had in the history of the NBA. He broke the legend Oscar Robertson’s record for most triple-doubles in a season. To go along with that he became the second player in history to average a triple-double for an entire term. Westbrook averaged the following unbelievable numbers: 31.6 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.7 rebounds in 34.6 minutes a game. He lead his Kevin Durant-less Thunder team to a 47-35 record, putting them sixth in the Western Conference.
Houston Rockets’, James Harden: Harden also had a legendary year and completely turned his mediocre team into one of the better teams in the tough Western Conference. Harden switched from the shooting guard role to the point guard spot before the season and excelled. He was close to averaging a triple-double but came up short in the rebounding column. He lead his Rockets to a 55-27 record, good for third in the West. The main reason for the team’s success is because Harden averaged 29.1 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds in 36.4 minutes per contest.
San Antonio Spurs’, Kawhi Leonard: The back-to-back Defensive Player of The Year award winner had the best season of his career. After one of the best to ever do it, Tim Duncan, retired this offseason, Kawhi had the full set of keys to the team. Kawhi had another metaphorically quiet year with people putting their attention on Harden, Westbrook and LeBron. Leonard averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals, shot 48.5-percent from the field and 38.1-percent from behind the arc on the season. He brought his Spurs to a 61-21 for second in the Western Conference.
Cleveland Cavaliers’, LeBron James: LeBron had one of his better seasons and some say his best at the age of 32. He has proven to still be on the top of the NBA and he is looking to go to his seventh consecutive NBA Finals. He may not average a triple=double but you do not have to have 20/20 vision to see that he is still the best. He averaged 26.4 points, a career high in assists (8.7), a career high in rebounds (8.6), and shot 54.8-percent from the field. He lead his defending champions, the Cavaliers, to 51-31 record, putting them second in the Eastern Conference.
New Orleans Pelicans’, Anthony Davis: Anthony Davis had another eye-bobbling season. At the trade deadline he finally got some help, the Pelicans made a blockbuster trade with the Sacramento Kings, that sent DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans. That was too late to save the Pelicans from having another playoff-less season. Davis’ team finished 34-48 for 10th in the Western Conference. Davis averaged 28 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 1.3 steals, and shot 50.4-percent from the field.