MIAMI — LeBron James missed by one vote being the unanimous MVP. At least he’s a unanimous selection for the All-NBA first team.
The Miami Heat star received all possible 119 media votes for one of the forward spots in the balloting that was announced Thursday. It marks his seventh selection to the first team and ninth pick to any team in his 10 seasons.
The Heat also placed guard Dwyane Wade on the third team. It’s the eighth time he’s made one of the All-NBA teams in his 10 seasons.
The remainder of the first team includes Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant at forward, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan at center and the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Clippers’ Chris Paul at guards.
New York forward Carmelo Anthony, who received one first-place vote to deny James a unanimous MVP, headlines the second team. He is joined by Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Memphis center Marc Gasol and guards Tony Parker of San Antonio and Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City.
In addition to Wade, the third team includes forwards David Lee of Golden State and Paul George of Indiana, Lakers center Dwight Howard and Houston guard James Harden.
Heat center Chris Bosh fell short in his quest to be honored. He was fourth in others receiving votes.