The NBA released it’s yearly All-NBA teams today. Clearly, there are household names on the list. As there is every year though, there are some snubs.
Here is the 2013 All-NBA Third Team
Dwight Howard – Center, Los Angeles Lakers
Despite a first-round sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, Dwight Howard was named to the All-NBA third team. Once a lock for the first team, lingering injuries bottled up the dominant big man to an extent this season.
Howard averaged 17.1 points on 57.8% shooting, 2.4 blocks, and a league-high 12.4 rebounds per contest. As scary as it is, Dwight was just a shadow of his usual self in his first season in Los Angeles. Howard is also an unrestricted free agent as of July 1st.
David Lee – Power Forward, Golden State Warriors
While most believe Stephen Curry is the best player on the up-and-coming Warriors squad, and are correct, David Lee was the lone All-Star this season. Curry may have had the breakout postseason, but Lee was the most consistent piece on an inconsistent team.
Lee averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds, finally living up to the big contract he signed that he left the New York Knicks for.
Paul George – Small Forward, Indiana Pacers
Paul George is taking some heat today for his defense on LeBron James in the final 2.2 seconds of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Regardless of his decision to overplay LeBron with no Roy Hibbert protecting the rim, George had a breakout season.
The NBA’s Most Improved Player established himself as the best player on the Pacers and has made former All-Star Danny Granger expendable. George averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per contest over the course of the 2012-2013 season.
Dwyane Wade – Guard, Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade has been a top-five player in the league for nearly a decade. Injuries, and some may say age, has Wade’s numbers and play falling off a little bit as of late.
D-Wade averaged 21.2 points, 5.1 assists, and 5 rebounds per contest. While he may have lost a step or an inch off his vertical, do not think for a second that Wade is not happy being LeBron James’ right-hand-man.
Wade is still a part of what is easily the most dominant trio in the NBA, along with LeBron and Chris Bosh. Miami is also heavily favored to win the title once again, defending last year’s championship victory.
James Harden – Guard, Houston Rockets
“Fear the beard”, some may say. Harden has established himself as an elite NBA superstar less than a year after being traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder. After the breakout season that Harden had, along with Russell Westbrook’s injury ultimately resulting in a second-round playoff exit, the Thunder are really kicking themselves for this trade.
While Oklahoma City would have likely lost Harden to free agency this summer, it would have been one more run for the trio that carried the Thunder to the NBA Finals a season ago.
Harden averaged 25.9 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.9 rebounds in his first season with the Rockets. He quickly put the Rockets on the map, and gave his former team all that they could handle in the first-round of the playoffs.
Snubs: When thinking of players that did not make the teams that maybe should have, two come to mind instantly. Stephen Curry is one that jumps out, particularly after the postseason that he had. After not being named to the All-Star team for the Western Conference, many thought he got the short end of the stick. Steph may have been the receiver of bad luck once again.
Zach Randolph is the other name that comes to mind. Randolph has consistently been one of the best low-post players in the NBA. Z-Bo posted 15.4 points and 11.2 rebounds this season. Not only is his stat line impressive, but he is the other half of what may possibly be the best high-low combination in the league, the other being Marc Gasol.
Any other snubs come to mind? Let us know in the comment section below!