If you were constructing the All-NBA first team that’s made up at the end of the season today, who would you put on the team? The All-NBA teams are constructed of 2 guards, 2 forwards and 1 center. In today’s game it’s utter nonsense to do this instead there should be 3 front-court and 2 backcourt players but that’s not important for what we’re discussing today.
Let’s take a look at the front-runners for the All-NBA first team. There are some great position battles, as well as a question as to whether or not the format should be changed.
All-NBA First Team
The Two Guards
For this year, the guards and forwards are pretty secure in their positions. Harden is having another ridiculous scoring season, upping his scoring total from last year from 36.1 to 38 ppg. That alone should secure his position. Luka Doncic (besides the fact that he’s 20) is Top-15 in the NBA in points, rebounds and assists. His team has the best offense in the NBA while playing with a below average pace. That tells you he controls the offense at his own pace.
The 2 Forwards
The Lakers are 17-2, have the best record in the NBA and are top-5 in both offensive as well as defensive rating. LeBron looks rejuvenated with a superstar teammate and is re-engaged on defense, he’s making everyone better and is leading the league in assists. The Greek Freak is a point-forward/Shaq combo, to the point where he’s putting up 31 ppg, 13.5 rpg and 6 apg. This makes no sense, and he’s the most dominant in-game player since Shaq himself. That’s the only comparison, he’s truly a 1 of 1.
The 1 (Why are we Still Doing This) Center
The Center spot is tricky because on the one-hand, I immediately thought of Anthony Davis, but he actually plays 67% (2/3) of his time at power forward. This makes him ineligible for the center spot. Instead, Karl-Anthony Towns is a perfect choice.
He’s has career highs in points (26.3), rebounds(12.6) , assists (4) and 3P%(44%). Compared to other top-tier centers like Embiid and Jokic, he’s just playing better, plain and simple. Embiid looks out of shape (still) and Jokic started off the season struggling.
On the Bubble
The guys immediately on the bubble are Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal. Davis is having a great offensive and defensive season, playing on a meaningful team with a caliber of player he’s never been alongside (sorry Jrue Holiday). Beal is having a true breakout into stardom, earning the contract extension (2 years/$72 million) he was given over the offseason. Unfortunately that’s just not enough for All-NBA first team, even though these guys are having great seasons.
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