Last but not least, we bring you the 2013 All-NBA First Team. As you may have guessed, the typical names highlight this year’s All-NBA teams.
Nevertheless, here is the All-NBA First Team:
Chris Paul – Point Guard, Los Angeles Clippers
Unfortunately for the rest of the league, the All-NBA First Team may look the same at one of the guard positions for years to come. Chris Paul is known league-wide as the best point guard in the league. Derrick Rose may have something to say after coming off ACL surgery a year ago, but for now, Paul owns this position with ease.
Paul averaged 16.9 points and 9.7 assists this past season for a Clippers squad that won more games than ever before in franchise history. Also known as the “Point God”, Chris Paul ran the show in “Lob City” brilliantly once again.
Kobe Bryant – Guard, Los Angeles Lakers
For the eleventh time in the history of the league, the All-NBA First Team included Kobe Bryant. The future Hall-of-Famer posted numbers that we’ve come to expect, 27.3 points, 6 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per game. Kobe also shot above his career-average at 46.3% from the field.
It really is hard to say much else about this selection. As long as Kobe Bryant is still playing, there will likely be a spot for him on the All-NBA First Team. Unfortunately for his Lakers though, there is a lot of uncertainty. Steve Nash is nearing the end of his career and looked like just a shadow of what he did just a year prior in Phoenix, Dwight Howard is an unrestricted free agent as of July, and Mike D’Antoni has been highly criticized since landing the head coaching job after the Lakers fired Mike Brown five games into the season.
Kevin Durant – Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder
Another no-brainer. Kevin Durant is easily the best pure-scorer in the NBA. At 6’9″ with a wingspan of approximately 7’5″, Durant is nearly impossible to defend. When faced with smaller defenders, he simply posts up and shoots right over the top of them. When faced with bigger opponents, he can either beat them off the dribble and finish at the rim or create separation and pull up from virtually anywhere. Kevin Durant’s ability to fill it up resembles a video game.
At just 24 years of age, Durant posted 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, and a career-high 4.6 assists. He also set career-highs in blocks, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. Durant will be a regular on this list for the next decade or so.
LeBron James – Forward, Miami Heat
He’s a four-time MVP, need I say more? LeBron has established himself as the best player in the league, no exceptions. A year removed from an NBA Championship, James simply went out and put up 26.8 points, 8 rebounds, and 7.3 assists on a nightly basis. At first glance, those number may seem so gaudy that it may be a mistake. Unfortunately for the rest of the NBA, those numbers are legitimate, and LeBron is only getting better.
LeBron shot a ridiculous 56.5% from the field and 40.6% from deep. The thing that is most impressive about the MVP is that as soon as team’s think they may have found a way to slow him down, he fixes that and silences the critics. Early in his career, teams simply sagged off and let him live on the perimeter. Now that LeBron shoots at a 40% clip, teams can not rely on that strategy. Also, people criticized his lack of post-skills given his physical tools. For anybody that has watched Miami this year, you know that this has also been laid to rest. At just 28 years of age, and ten years into his career, LeBron may still be on this list for another ten.
Tim Duncan – Center/Power Forward, San Antonio Spurs
After 16 years in the NBA, Tim Duncan has been the epitome of a coach’s player. Duncan is a team-first superstar talent with the ability to take over a game when needed and lead at both ends on a nightly basis. Labeled “Mr. Fundamentals”, he does just about everything you can imagine to help his team win. Luckily for the Spurs, they have been the beneficiary of that since taking him first overall in the 1997 NBA Draft out of Wake Forest.
In 2012-2013, the veteran averaged impressive figures of 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game. Duncan was efficient as he always is, and shot the ball at 50% clip from the floor. Most importantly, San Antonio holds a 2-0 lead over the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals.
That wraps up the 2013 All-NBA Teams. This years teams were as follows:
- First Team: Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Tim Duncan
- Second Team: Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol
- Third Team: James Harden, Dwyane Wade, Paul George, David Lee, Dwight Howard
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