The NBA on Thursday released its all-NBA teams, and both Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of the Lakers were honored. Bryant was named to the All-NBA First Team for the sixth straight season and for the ninth time in his career, and Gasol was named to the Second Team, a first-time honor for the Spaniard. Here are the three teams, as selected by 119 NBA writers and broadcasters:â†µ
- First Team: Bryant, Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard â†µ
- Second Team: Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudemire â†µ
- Third Team: Chris Paul, Manu Ginobili, LaMarcus Aldridge, Zach Randolph, Al Horford â†µ
For Bryant, his ninth First Team selection ties him with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, and Tim Duncan for eighth most all time. Former Lakers Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all were selected to 10 All-NBA First Teams in their career. Bryant in his career has also been selected to two Second Teams and two Third Teams, giving him 13 All-NBA selections overall, a figure matched by Duncan and surpassed in NBA history by only Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, and Karl Malone.â†µ
Gasol was named to the Third Team in each of the last two seasons.â†µ
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