James only unanimous All-NBA selection
The accolades kept coming for the past four winners of the Most Valuable Player award on Thursday, as the NBA announced the 2010-11 All-NBA teams.
Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, this year's MVP, was joined on the first team by Miami's LeBron James, winner of the two previous MVP awards, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (2007-08 MVP), Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. James, who left Cleveland last offseason for Miami, was the only unanimous selection with 119 first-place votes.
Earning his first All-NBA team selection, Rose led the Bulls to an NBA-best 62-20 mark. He averaged team highs of 25.0 points and 7.7 assists to go along with 4.1 rebounds, becoming only the seventh player in NBA history to average at least 25.0 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds. Rose also was the only player in the NBA this season to rank in the top 10 in scoring (seventh) and assists (10th). He finished one vote shy of an unanimous selection.
James, who earns first-team honors for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time overall, was second in the NBA in scoring (26.7), and averaged team highs in assists (7.0) and steals (1.57) to go along with 7.5 rebounds. James became the first player in history to surpass the 2,000-point, 500-rebound, 500-assist and 100-steal marks in four consecutive seasons.
Howard joined Rose with 118 first-team votes. Also a first-team selection for the fourth consecutive season, Howard earlier won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award for a record third consecutive season. He led the league with 66 double-doubles, while ranking second in rebounds (14.1) and fourth in blocks (2.38). Howard also averaged a career-high 22.9 points.
Bryant, a first-team selection for the sixth consecutive season and ninth time in his career, finished fifth in the league in scoring (25.3) while averaging 5.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Among active players, Bryant is tied with the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan for most first-team selections.
Durant earned his second first-team selection. Durant led the league in scoring (27.7) for the second consecutive season, to go along with 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Durant scored at least 40 in a league-high five games this season.
The second team consists of guards Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, forwards Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, and center Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks.
On the third team are the San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili and the New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul at guard, the Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge and the Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph at forward, and the Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford at center.