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Overtime Heroics 2022 All-NBA Second Team

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All-NBA Second Team

G | Chris Paul – Phoenix Suns

The “Chris Paul Effect” was once again on full display this season in Phoenix. After leading the Suns to a franchise-record 64 wins, Paul has now been a part of the teams setting their franchise record in wins in New Orleans (2008), Los Angeles Clippers (2014), Houston (2018), and Phoenix (2022).

Paul led the NBA in assists with 10.8 per game for the fifth time in his 17-year career. He also averaged 14.7 points, 1.9 steals, and nearly 84% free-throw shooting while leading the Suns to the best record in the NBA. They were the only 60-win team in the league this season thanks in no small part to their on-court coach, Chris Paul.

G | Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns

The other half of Phoenix’s All-Star duo joins Paul on our All-NBA Second Team. While other guards like Ja Morant and Trae Young may have pushed for this second-team selection, Devin Bookers’ phenomenal season cannot go understated. The 25-year-old guard put up career highs in points (26.8), rebounds (5.0), steals (1.1), and 3-point percentage (.383) on his way to a third consecutive All-Star appearance.

The Suns may not be the championship contender they are today without Chris Paul, but Devin Booker drives this team. Not only is he their leading scorer, but he’s also the longest-tenured player on the Suns and has continually adapted his game to play winning basketball. Booker will now lead his team into battle as the top overall seed in the NBA Playoffs.

F | Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics

After a rocky start to their season, Tatum and his Celtics exploded onto the scene down the stretch of the regular season, securing the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Tatum averaged 26.9 points per game on the season but saw his production jump to 30.2 points per game over his last 23 appearances.

The 23-year-old also made his third consecutive All-Star appearance while shooting over 35% from long range and 85% from the free-throw line. When considering the amount of success Tatum has experienced early in his career, it’s easy to forget just how young he is. It almost feels as though Tatum has been a staple amongst the best players in the league for several years, but he likely hasn’t even reached his full potential yet. Will this be the year he gets the Celtics over the hump in the postseason?

F | Kevin Durant – Brooklyn Nets

Despite entering the season as Eastern Conference title favorites, the Nets fell to a record of 44-38 due to drama with Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status and James Harden’s displeasure with the franchise. The one constant, however, was Kevin Durant. In only 55 games, Durant averaged 29.9 points per game – the third-highest average of his career – to go along with 7.4 rebounds and a career-high 6.4 assists per game.

Durant entered the season with one of, if not the best backcourts in the NBA. After both got tangled in their share of off-court struggles, Durant took matters into his own hands and dished out his career-high in assists while still averaging 30 points per game, nearly single-handedly keeping his team’s playoff hopes alive at age 33.

F | Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves

Towns put up 30+ points 16 times this season – led by a 60-point outburst against the San Antonio Spurs in March – on his way to averaging 24.6 points per game. Despite pulling down a career-low 9.8 rebounds per game, Towns saw his efficiency improve drastically from the last few seasons. He shot 53% from the field, his highest since 2017-18, and hit 41% of his 3-point attempts.

More importantly, Towns has the Timberwolves in post-season contention for only the second time since 2003-04, their lone appearance coming in the 2017-18 season when Towns was a third-year player. Earning his third All-Star appearance in 2021-22, Towns has helped to turn the culture in Minnesota around and has the Wolves playing winning basketball.

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