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Thursday / June 20.
  • Giannis, James Harden unanimously selected to All-NBA First Team

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    ilwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston Rockets guard James Harden have been unanimously selected to the 2018-19 All-NBA First Team.

    Antetokounmpo and Harden both received All-NBA First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 500 points each.  This marks the first All-NBA First Team honor for Antetokounmpo, a two-time Second Team member.  Harden earns his fifth First Team nod, including his third in a row as a unanimous selection.  

    The 2018-19 All-NBA First Team also features Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (482 points; 91 First Team votes), Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (433 points; 71 First Team votes) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić (411 points; 59 First Team votes). 

    Curry is an All-NBA First Team selection for the third time.  George, a four-time Third Team honoree, makes his First Team debut.  Jokić has been named to his first All-NBA Team.  

    Antetokounmpo, Harden and George are the three finalists for the 2018-19 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award.  The winner will be revealed at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  The third annual NBA Awards, honoring this season’s top performers, will take place at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.  

    The 2018-19 All-NBA Second Team consists of Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (375 points), Warriors forward Kevin Durant (358), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (306), Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (242) and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (195).

    The 2018-19 All-NBA Third Team is made up of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (178 points), Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (115), Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (111), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (89) and Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (51).

    James has tied the NBA record for most All-NBA selections with 15, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.  Walker, an eight-year veteran, has earned his first All-NBA honor.

    The All-NBA Teams were selected by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.  The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.  Voters selected two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly.  Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes.

    Complete voting results by media member will be posted at pr.nba.com the night of the 2019 NBA Awards presented by KiaClick here for the list of 100 media voters for the 2018-19 All-NBA Teams.   

    Below are the voting results for the 2018-19 All-NBA Teams.  The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP.

    2018-19 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
    Position Player, Team 1st Team (5 Pts.) 2nd Team (3 Pts.) 3rd Team (1 Pt.) Total All-NBA Selections
    Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee 100 500 3 (one 1st, two 2nd)
    Guard James Harden, Houston 100 500 6 (five 1st, one 3rd)
    Guard Stephen Curry, Golden State 91 9 482 6 (three 1st, two 2nd, one 3rd)
    Forward Paul George, Oklahoma City 71 25 3 433 5 (one 1st, four 3rd)
    Center Nikola Jokić, Denver 59 38 2 411 1
    2018-19 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
    Position Player, Team 1st Team (5 Pts.) 2nd Team (3 Pts.) 3rd Team (1 Pt.) Total All-NBA Selections
    Center Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 40 57 4 375 2 (two 2nd)
    Forward Kevin Durant, Golden State 29 71 358 9 (six 1st, three 2nd)
    Guard Damian Lillard, Portland 8 87 5 306 4 (one 1st, two 2nd, one 3rd)
    Forward Kawhi Leonard, Toronto 73 23 242 3 (two 1st, one 2nd)
    Guard Kyrie Irving, Boston 52 39 195 2 (one 2nd, one 3rd)
    2018-19 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
    Position Player, Team 1st Team (5 Pts.) 2nd Team (3 Pts.) 3rd Team (1 Pt.) Total All-NBA Selections
    Guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 1 43 44 178 8 (two 1st, five 2nd, one 3rd)
    Forward Blake Griffin, Detroit 13 76 115 5 (three 2nd, two 3rd)
    Forward LeBron James, L.A. Lakers 13 72 111 15 (12 1st, two 2nd, one 3rd)
    Center Rudy Gobert, Utah 1 5 69 89 2 (one 2nd, one 3rd)
    Guard Kemba Walker, Charlotte 4 39 51 1
    Below are the other players who received votes for the 2018-19 All-NBA Teams, listed by the position at which they received the most votes.

    OTHER PLAYERS RECEIVING VOTES: GUARDS
    Player, Team 1st Team (5 Pts.) 2nd Team (3 Pts.) 3rd Team (1 Pt.) Total
    Bradley Beal, Washington 1 31 34
    Klay Thompson, Golden State 3 18 27
    Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 7 7
    Mike Conley, Memphis 4 4
    Donovan Mitchell, Utah 4 4
    DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio 3 3
    D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn 3 3
    Dwyane Wade, Miami 1 3
    Devin Booker, Phoenix 1 1
    Eric Gordon, Houston 1 1
    Jrue Holiday, New Orleans 1 1
    Kyle Lowry, Toronto 1 1
    Lou Williams, LA Clippers 1 1
    OTHER PLAYERS RECEIVING VOTES: FORWARDS
    Player, Team 1st Team (5 Pts.) 2nd Team (3 Pts.) 3rd Team (1 Pt.) Total
    LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio 2 11 17
    Danilo Gallinari, LA Clippers 1 4 7
    Pascal Siakam, Toronto 4 4
    Luka Donĉić, Dallas 1 3
    Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 2 2
    Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento 1 1
    Domantas Sabonis, Indiana 1 1
    OTHER PLAYERS RECEIVING VOTES: CENTERS
    Player, Team 1st Team (5 Pts.) 2nd Team (3 Pts.) 3rd Team (1 Pt.) Total
    Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota 20 20
    Nikola Vučević, Orlando 4 4
    Andre Drummond, Detroit 1 3
    Anthony Davis, New Orleans 1 1
    Myles Turner, Indiana 1 1

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.