The 2017 All-NBA teams will be revealed Thursday, but we decided to take a crack at predicting how they'll shake out 24 hours in advance of the official announcement.
Plenty of the spots on the three honorary teams are easy to pin down, but there are at least a few up for grabs. And for a couple of guys approaching free agency, making one of these teams could be the difference between taking a ton of money to stay with their current team or leaving far less on the table to play somewhere else.
Here's our prediction of how the 2017 All-NBA teams will look when the league reveals them Thursday.
G, first team: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
The four players who had legitimate cases for MVP this year were easy choices for All-NBA first team, and Westbrook was (in terms of purely individual statistics) the best of the best.
As you might have heard once or twice, he finished the season with a historic triple-double average of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.
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G, first team: James Harden, Houston Rockets
Harden was the favorite to win the MVP award for the bulk of the season before Westbrook's late push became too powerful to ignore. He guided the Rockets to the three-seed in the West while leading the league in assists and averaged a career-best 29.1 points per game in the process.
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F, first team: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron was his usual incredible self this year, with an added bonus: He finished his 14th NBA season with career-best averages in both rebounds (8.6) and assists (8.7).
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F, first team: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Leonard was the best player on both ends of the floor for a Spurs team that finished with the second-best record in the league, winning 61 games during the regular season.
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C, first team: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
This is our first trick question of the exercise. Anthony Davis and Gobert will be a toss-up for many voters because while Davis is considered to be a dominant force on both ends of the floor, Gobert is among the favorites to be named Defensive Player of the Year.
That last part, along with the fact that Utah finished with 51 wins while the Pelicans missed the playoffs entirely, leads us to believe that Gobert will be the first-team choice.
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G, second team: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Curry willingly took a step back offensively this season in order to help make Kevin Durant more comfortable in his new surroundings. And though it might have cost Curry a first-team All-NBA selection thanks to the incredible years turned in by both Harden and Westbrook, the Warriors cruised to a 67-win regular season.
This spot could just as easily go to John Wall, who averaged career-highs in both points (23.1) and assists (10.7) while leading the Wizards to the third-best record in the East. But Thomas was even more spectacular offensively, finishing third in the league in scoring with 28.9 points per game as the Celtics overtook the Cavaliers for the top seed in the East.
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F, second team: Kevin Durant
Durant immediately made himself at home in Golden State, leading his new team in scoring and rebounding for the bulk of the regular season before Curry overtook him in the former category late in the season. Still, KD put together a typically stellar campaign, and if not for the time missed late in the season due to injury, he could have made his case as a first-team selection.
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F, second team: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Antetokounmpo had a breakout season that resulted in his first All-Star selection and had a career-best statistical performance in every meaningful category. It would be shocking if he doesn't make the leap to the first team next season.
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C, second team: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
It's Davis and Gobert in some order for the first- and second-team selections, and neither is a poor choice. Davis finished with career-best averages in both points (28.0) and rebounds (11.8), while also finishing second in the league (behind Gobert) in blocked shots.
G, third team: John Wall, Washington Wizards
It's true that Wall had a disappointing Game 7 performance against the Celtics, but that doesn't diminish his accomplishments during the regular season. The voters might reward him with a second-team selection, but if they don't, he's a lock to be named here.
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G, third team: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
This is one of the toughest choices remaining, and the voters could decide to go in a variety of ways.
Chris Paul is still the best pure point guard in the game, but the Clippers putting together an underwhelming regular season (i.e., one where they simply met expectations) might open the door for someone else.
And DeRozan's teammate, Kyle Lowry, may have been better when considering both ends of the floor, as many pointed out around the time of the All-Star selections.
But DeRozan was the leading scorer for the Raptors and the one the team relied on offense when no other options were left. He probably gets the nod in what's likely going to be an extremely close race.
F, third team: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
There are three seemingly deserving candidates for the final two All-NBA third-team spots, and maybe even four if you add Draymond Green to the mix. But Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward and Paul George all had tremendous individual seasons, and it's unclear which one of them the voters will choose to leave off the list.
Butler has the strongest case, while Hayward and George are essentially even statistically when taking all factors into consideration. Butler finished with career-best averages in points (23.9), rebounds (6.2) and assists (5.5), while guiding the Bulls to a playoff berth after Dwyane Wade missed 11 critical games down the stretch due to injury.
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F, third team: Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
Hayward made the All-Star team for the first time in his seven-year NBA career, and we're guessing the fact that he led the Jazz back to the postseason for the first time since 2012 will get him the nod over an equally deserving Paul George.
Hayward can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but if he lands this All-NBA selection, he could opt into the final year of his deal to sign a designated veteran player extension to stay with Utah for the foreseeable future. If he doesn't, however, he'll almost certainly opt out to test the waters in free agency.
George will be affected in the very same way, though he can't opt into or out of the final year of his deal until after the 2018 season.
C, third team: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat
Whiteside is absolutely the most deserving player to pencil in here, but the Memphis Grizzlies get an irrational amount of love from the national media for some reason, and because of that Marc Gasol could very well end up in this third-team center spot.
Whiteside led the league in rebounding, however, and finished fourth in in blocked shots. There's an argument to be made for Gasol's efficiency on a playoff team, but Whiteside was simply the better overall player in 2017.