Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 3:04 pm  |  91 responses

NBA Announces 2011-12 All-NBA Teams

The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams, with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.

Kobe made the First Team for the seventh straight year and 10th time in his career. LBJ earned his sixth First-Team honor and is on track for at least another six. Russ Westbrook received his second straight Second-Team selection, edging out DWade.

Check out who made the League’s most prestigious teams below (total points in parentheses):


LeBron James, Heat (596), Kevin Durant, Thunder (591), Dwight Howard, Magic (476), Kobe Bryant, Lakers (568), Chris Paul, Clippers (484)


Kevin Love, Wolves (365), Blake Griffin, Clippers (170), Andrew Bynum, Lakers (400), Tony Parker, Spurs (367), Russell Westbrook, Thunder (239)


Carmelo Anthony, Knicks (154), Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs (136), Tyson Chandler, Knicks (60), Dwyane Wade, Heat (235), Rajon Rondo, Celtics (142)

Other players receiving votes, with point totals: LaMarcus Aldridge, 55; Marc Gasol, 52; Derrick Rose, 44; Josh Smith, 33; Paul Pierce, 31; Al Jefferson, 30; Pau Gasol, 27; Steve Nash, 24; Kevin Garnett, 22; Tim Duncan, 18; Joe Johnson, 16; Deron Williams, 14; Rudy Gay, 10; James Harden, 8; Luol Deng, 5; Roy Hibbert, 5; Manu Ginobili, 3; Danny Granger, 3; Joakim Noah, 3; Monta Ellis, 2; Chris Bosh, 2; Luis Scola, 2; Marcin Gortat, 2; Paul Millsap, 2; Serge Ibaka, 2; David Lee, 1; DeMarcus Cousins, 1

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  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear


  • http://slamonline.com KJ

    Luis Scola…Ibaka…Gortat… Who the heck votes for these guys?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Blake Griffin! BAHAHA – Great job NBA Coaches. Another pimple on your all-nba team. Josh Smith, Kevin Garnett, Lamarcus Aldridge > Blake Griffin this season. (They play DEFENSE)

  • http://slamonline.com BaconFist

    One of the few times that all three All-NBA centers are actually centers…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    TParker or Westbrook should have made the 1st team over CP.
    Josh Smith should have made it over BGriff on the 2nd team.
    Carmelo shouldn’t be on here. One good month doesn’t make someone an all-nba performer.

  • LP

    Can’t complain about this list, maybe replace chandler with Marc Gasol…Thats about it, everyone else is fine…replace Wade with Nash?? but im knitpicking…

  • pLaYz

    WOW blake griffin should have never made this list…he cant shoot for nothing

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Why in the world would Westbrook be over Chris Paul?

  • Fat Lever

    I thought for a majority of this season Rondo was the best PG in the league. He should have been no lower than 2nd team, and honestly wouldn’t have a problem if he made first.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    fanboyism. Personally, I felt that Westbrook had a better season than CP.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Wow…Derrick Rose didn’t make even 3rd team? Lol wow.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^ Drunk?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Ok, Rondo was not even close to the best PG in the league this season. He was great for the last month, other than that, he was pedestrian. And worse than last season. He shot 44% this season, and had his worst defensive season since his rookie year. He’s lucky he even got 3rd team.

  • Franco

    Wow! Tyson Chandler and Melo making it over Tim Duncan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Drunk? You’re an old idiot, he averaged 20 and 8.

  • Jono

    Wow, really? Blake Griffin on the 2nd team? Who picks these guys needs their head examined.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    I’m surprised that Dirk made third team..

  • Ctk

    Griffin/Anthony shouldn’t be on either squad …..JoshSmith/PauGasol had better overall seasons…Melo quit on DaTon….Lin made it to where Melo April mattered….Griffin no good to u n the 4th…he feeds CP3 n the post n the 4th something ain’t rt about that….lol…Gasol best 3rd option n the league….I would have Nash over Rondo but understand the pick for Rondo

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh WOW 20 (it’s actually 21.8 but whatever) and 8!!!!!! That’s AMAZING!!! Deron Williams averaged 21 and 9….and played 55 games instead of 39. WHAT DO WE DO!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Last I checked his team sucked. He wasn’t the last MVP either. Again you’re an idiot.

  • gakbrenti

    no rondo in the 1st team?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Right Redd, because winning the MVP last season gets you awards this season. That makes PERFECT sense. I’m sooo stupid. And your right, these individual player awards have everything to do with how well the entire team performed. I mean sh*t, it’s not like Kevin Love wasn’t on the best team on EARFFF!!! And playing 39 games out of 66, that’s plenty. He definitely was a better player for the entire season then those other PG’s. Definitely.

  • north

    nbk is right… Rose doesn’t belong on this list. I have to agree that Griffin as a 2nd teamer seems like a stretch too, unless whining is how a recorded stat. Josh Smith never gets any love does he? A PF that gets assists like he does should get something, let alone his point and boards this season.

  • Dankstank

    I think K-love deserved first team this year

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I guess its a toss up for me with TP or CP3 for the 1st team, just kind of surprised Parker didn’t get more 1st place votes. I say this acknowledging the fact that I can’t stand Chris Paul.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    And the NBA definitely has a vendetta against Josh Smith. What else does he have to do to get recognized for his play?

  • mike

    @nbk – Rondo was pedestrian except for the final month? Please don’t comment when you clearly don’t watch the games; it just makes you look ignorant.

  • thor

    Maaan @nbk. Why do you have to talk/write like that. Even though you are completely right about the Rose thing and so on, you really come out as an.. well idiot. Are you telling yourself in the mirror how clever you are afterwards also?

  • thor

    @Dfrance21. Exactly. Better shot selection I guess would be the only thing I can think of.

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    it is shocking, absolutely shocking that tony paker didn’t make first team above chris paul. CP3 has had a great year but TP caried the spurs for about 75% of the season

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Derrick Rose’s numbers were just about the same as Derons and Rose had a better FG% despite playing less, again you’re an idiot.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I’m still waiting for Redd to post one remotely logical comment on these boards . . .

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @nbk and dfrance: it says the media voted. not the coaches or the nba. rose played to little get consideration imo. and judging by the points some lunatics didn’t think durant should have been on the first team.


    Melo doesn’t deserve to be here over Josh smith. why is this atl boy so disrespected by the league every year. From all star snub to the all nba snub again. come on

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    thor, because that’s how i talk.
    Mike, (i didn’t mean pedestrian for a normal player. I meant pedestrian for Rondo, my bad for making it sound like that. that was wrong.) Rondo averaged 13pts and 10ast through the middle of March. He was still a very good player, but he wasn’t making the difference he was for the last month.
    From the middle of march to the end of the season, he was at 10pts and 13ast and he was absolutely controlling games.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Nbk, stop. Haven’t you realized that Kobe, Rose, and LeBron tend to bring out the irrational fanboys who argue that their favorite player is the best because they own his jersey? And yes, outside of the Celts’ excellent push for the high seed, Rondo was not anywhere close to an elite point guard. Around mid-March, he flipped it on, but to say he was a top tier guard the entire season is ludicrous.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    Red, go for the whole is bigger than the individual parts

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Spit, yeah it was the media (120 sportswriters i believe). my bad

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “had a better fg% despite playing less” LOL – that makes PERFECT sense.
    Rose has a higher fg% because he is on the Bulls. And Deron Williams is on the Nets. One player is his teams only option. The Other isn’t. The correlation between shooting % is pretty easy to figure out. And I only brought up Deron Williams because Derrick Rose deserves to not be on the All-NBA team, just like Deron Williams deserves to not be on the All-NBA team. Not because I’m arguing Deron Williams got robbed. That’s not the case even a little bit.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Caboose, I AM BORED. Arguing about this BS is the only thing I have to entertain myself right now while I wait for some things to happen at work.

  • thor

    Oh ok, that’s kind of sad…

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    And he attempted about 200-300 more than Derrick Rose. And despite his so called lack of teammates, he’s dished out more assists than Rose.

  • Fat Lever

    nbk, really? Rondo got double digit assists in all but 16 games this year. He got 5 boards a game as a PG. And he wasn’t just great for the last month and a half(of a 4 month season by the way), he put together a series of games that was last done by Stockton I believe. He set the tone for the C’s this year. Pretty deserving of a 2nd or even 1st team to me.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    That’s because he’s a better passer and playmaker than Rose…this was his worst assist season since he was a rookie after all (hint: because he plays on the Nets).
    And Please Please Please explain the logic behind your belief that more shot attempts should equal a higher %. And When you are done with that gem of intelligent thought, please explain how overrated Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson, and every other player with a low shooting % who shot a ton of shots are… Thanks!

  • http://www.celticsblog.com/2012/3/30/2913390/rajon-rondo-quietly-dominating nbk

    Fat, yes really. Either click my name, or just read the following….
    “The Celtics are 13-5 since the All-Star break entering Friday night’s game with the Timberwolves, and Rondo’s rededication to ball security has been one of the reasons. Since the break, Rondo is averaging 12.4 assists and 3.6 turnovers compared with 9.5 and 3.7 in the first 22 games.But Rondo is hardly content. He realizes that some of his decisions may have cost the Celtics wins.

    “I think I was doing too much; instead of making the simple pass, I am making the home run pass,” he said. “That’s just how I play. I’ll try to do a better job of it. If I do turn it over, I just don’t want it to lead to an easy break or fast-break points.”

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    “wow rose didn’t even make the third team” I’m CRYING. for like the third or 4th year in a row wade should be 1st team instead of Kobe but whatever. I don’t honestly mind that westbrook is over wade though. I would be ok with TP being over cp3 bc he’s had such a phenomenal year in comparison but at the same time 1/2 of that seems like a product of the spurs system and it’s declining stars (although duncan is having a resurgence) and bc CP3 has to take it slow bc he’s still recovering from certain injuries. plus we all know that cp3 even on one leg is better than TP and I feel like paul could honestly use a couple more 1st team selections.

    Melo doesn’t deserve to be here at all. I’m not sure Tyson chandler does either.

    Deron williams probably does tho. His only crimes are being traded to a horrible team right before their best player went down with injury and being one of the teams that the magic stupidly decided not to trade with.

    Blake is sitting in Josh smith’s seat. I feel like there are a bunch of people you could put there but idk who right now.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AckbarMufasa Shecky Shabazz

    I can deal with these selections. Follow me on twitter! Click the name!

  • Fat Lever

    Ok nbk, I read it. That article was dated march 30th, there was almost 3 weeks of the season left to play still. What I took from that was an avg of 9.5 apg was low for rondo. I got the part about him thinking he cost the team wins, but you have to evaluate the entire season. Pg’s control the flow of the game. Very few, if any, did that better than rondo this year.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The point being, at the All-Star break the Celtics were 6th in the East. They weren’t winning much, and Rondo wasn’t putting up gaudy stats that would make up for that. After the break, Rondo turned into a monster and the Celtics went on a big run. You can’t really say he was the best PG in the league if his team is 6th in their conference and he is having his worst statistical season in years. That doesn’t make sense. He was a top 3 or 2 PG the last month and a half of the season, but not the first 2 months. He was no better than, Parker – Paul – Westbrook – or Rose for the first part of the season. But he was better than all of them but (arguably) Paul and Parker for the last part of the year.
    We aren’t talking about whether or not Rondo was good to very good this season, we are talking about him being a top 3 PG all year long. Which is debatable at best. And he still did get on the 3rd team. So he (imo) got the respect he deserved.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Fat Lever: That’s quite subjective evidence you’re relying on to make your point. Have any evidence to back that up?

  • Fat Lever

    As far as flow? I mean you could point to his assist/to ratio or determine what percentage he had the rock in his hands on offensive possessions, but I was going off of what I saw of him this year. My point was I thought he deserved 2nd team at worst based not only on concrete stats, but also on games I watched this year, and the role of a true pg to a winning team.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    So you think he was a better guard this season than (at least 1 of these 4) – Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook? — And For the Record, I would have had Dwyane Wade in over Westbrook. But regardless, you think Rondo was better than one of them this season?

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    And my counter is that Rondo did not make anywhere close to the impact Wade, Paul, Parker, Kobe, or Russ did. 3rd team is good, only for the last month of the season.

  • LP

    Rondo was definitely not 1st or 2nd team this year…Think back, he barely made the ALLSTAR game (not that its the end all be all), he was a replacment…he was hurt earlier in the season…The allNBA team consist of players who were healthy for the most part this year…Blakes deserves some love, don’t let the playoffs fool you, he was a stud for most of the season…You can’t bicker at these teams, they are pretty legit..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I can bicker. Garnett being left off for Blake Griffin is ridiculous. And I would have also preffered Josh Smith over Melo, but that isn’t worth getting too worked up about. But the Griffin thing is absurd to me. Garnett was (without a doubt in my mind) a better overall player.

  • Rustler

    if D Rose was healthier this season he would be second team AT LEAST!

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Heck nbk, not just Garnett, but Josh, Duncan, Gay, and arguably Pierce all had better years. Griffin has the Kevin Love effect, just worse.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah, but Garnett was clearly better. Well if anyone cares about defense it is clear.

  • http://www.waihak.blogspot.com Tariq

    Dirk obviously suffered from no real training camp. Championship hangover. Josh Smith had his best season, making up for the absence of Al Horford. The only reason Dirk and not Josh is on here is reputation. Dirk is an all-time great, but this season Josh Smith was better. And it wasn’t really that close either.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    So Melo over JSmith isn’t worth getting worked up over but BGriff over KG is? At least BGriff was consistently good for most of the year while Melo sucked for 3/4ths of the season. If anyone has a major gripe about being left out, it’s JSmith.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    It isn’t worth getting worked up over too me. Like I said, I personally would not have had it that way and don’t agree with those that do. But at least Melo was the best player on his team and legitimately carried them for a portion of the season. You can’t say that about Blake. Which is the root of my anger.

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  • truthteller

    Tyson was DPOY,right? Shouldn’t he make the First All NBA team and First All Defensive NBA team?

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  • Tre

    1st team – Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Kevin Love, Andrew Bynum.
    2nd team- Tony Parker, russel Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Josh Smith, Dwight Howard
    3rd Team- Rajon Rondo, Dwayne Wade, Andre Iguodala, Tim Duncan, Tyson Chandler
    Honorable Mentions- Rudy gay, Marc Gasol, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose,
    Luel Deng, Roy Hibbert, Serge Ibaka, Steve Nash.

  • Steps Around Lue

    i would take luis scola and marcin gortat over andre igoudala any day of the week for my all nba team. like wtf, honestly these voters on are on crack man.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I would take the 3rd team over the 2nd team if they were to play each other . . .

  • AdamD

    You do have to feel that these teams are somewhat of a popularity contest. So often people get on the fans for how they vote for all star starters but honestly the media types are no better. I think Josh Smith deserved something this year, he is very dynamic and really showed it for once.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    griffin making second team is the biggest shame since berneard king was was denied HOF status… over lamarcus aldridge? kevin garnett? or TD Bank???? smh

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  • http://Somethingsomething. Ugh

    Also, what this commentary needs is your personal lists. Come on guys, I want a breakdown from each of you on how YOU would have voted for all three teams.

  • Drig

    @Tre…..Andrew Bynum doesn’t deserve to be 1st team All-NBA. Because his play post All-Star break into the POs was very inconsistent to say the least. I probably would’ve put Wade over Kobe but Kobe’s played more games this season and had more changes so I can understand that I guess….What I cannot understand is how BGriff has made it………over LaMarcus. IMO, LaMarcus and KG should’ve taken 2nd and 3rd teams.

  • Drig

    1st team : CP3, Kobe/Wade, Durant, LBJ , Dwight
    2nd team : TP, Kobe/Wade, KLove, LaMarcus, Drew
    3rd team : Rondo, Westbrook, Iggy/JSmoove, KG, Chandler

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Funny, then in that case Aldridge should’ve been up there instead of Dirk. And you said Deron had to shoot it because there was no one on his team but his assists were just fine & Kris was avg. 13 & 11. Shut up nbk.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Lol @ Redd. Dude doesn’t even know what he’s arguing. Why do you think Kris started putting up stats when a good point guard (Deron) came to his team while Carlos Boozer scores about 5 points less a game once Deron leaves? Knowing you, you probably think it’s because Deron shooting more caused Kris to shoot more too.

  • jose

    Whoa whoa whoa ,so you’re telling me that someone can win MVP ande get ALL NBA first Team? lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    I don’t think you know. nbk said he was on the Nets & had to shoot it more yet clearly there’s another offensive reliable guy there. Him having a worse field goal percentage is not because he had to shoot it more it’s simply he’s not a better shooter than Derrick Rose.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Redd, you think Kris Humphries is more offensively capable than Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, and Richard Hamilton? Cause that’s exactly what you just implied. Here, let me go through what you said. Deron obviously had to shoot more; that team is not comparable to the talent surrounding Rose, when you’re forced to take shots (this does not apply to people like Kobe who think they have to take shots when they really don’t), your FG% suffers. That’s just common sense. The only way your argument works is if the Nets’ supporting squad is just as strong as the Bulls’. Good luck with that.

  • Drig

    @Redd…….Rose played just over half a season. And was rusty for a few of those games. If you think he deserves to be on that list over guys who’ve carried their teams this season to top seeds, namely Rondo, CP3 and TP for most of the season, you’re crazy. And just don’t try saying DRose is better than Deron as a playmaking PG man. Deron needs more exposure right about now……

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    yeah 3rd team would straight up clown the 2nd team. Blake Griffin being on there is a joke.

  • DukeFromDeep

    Why is everyone so critical of the Griffin love? Kid is in his second year and despite so much negative attention about his limited game he is clearly learning all the time. I subscribe to slam magazine and to NBA league pass and have watched every Clippers game this year. I swear, watching Blake Griffin makes the game exciting again, and almost every game he does something I haven’t seen before. Watching him live entertains me, my gf and our little girl (she also likes BG and she is 6) and we all sit around the IMac watching league pass games. Sometimes, he dominates in an almost Michael Jordanesque way. They are comparable in that they are both exciting to watch and despite what anyone says I believe Blake is underrated. Second year only and such solid numbers. I know he will keep on growing. Wish he would release that jimpshot at the peak of the arch and not on the way down. That clutch he has limits him as a shooter. But you got to give it to him. He is the future.

  • Justin G.

    Man, I don’t even know where to start here. First, I’ve been saying for a couple months Redd doesn’t know what he’s talking about and is a complete tool on this site. DukeFromDeep, I can’t believe you said Griffin sometimes dominates in an almost Michael Jordanesque way? Are you drunk? And I don’t understand how you can ask why everyone is so critical when your very next sentence says he has a limited game. I’d say that’s EXACTLY why people disagree with that vote. This is going to hurt to say but nbk is absolutely right as far as the Rondo talk goes. He wasn’t even as good as Steve Nash until mid March until he turned it on in March. I’m not even sure Wade should have been on the third team, what with his injury plagued season and all. Dirk and Carmelo being there is completely wrong as well.

  • http://slamonline.com KJ

    @DukeFromDeep But being exciting and having loads of potential doesn’t merit an All-NBA team selection over guys like KG and Aldridge who already have refined games and play defense, something Blake has yet to learn.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Deron took horrible shots. That is why his percentage was down not his teammates. You can have a good percentage with crap teammates. It just requires more energy.

  • jay rose

    I’m a huge drose fan too but even I know he didn’t deserve to be in the all star team this year. All the other pgs in the league had a much better season because rose was pretty much out for almost half. But I agree with those that say TP shouldve been selected to the first team. He had an amazing season.

  • T. Brown

    Rose will be back on the 1st team next year. Believe it.

  • R32

    D-Wade was good in the regular season, but he looks nothing like the player we seen the past 3 games against Indiana. He’s turning back the clock and being that guy opposing teams fear. He should’ve gotten 2nd Team, 3rd Team is just disrespectful.

  • G Diesel

    Like Tony Parker said, if they were playing in New York, they would be gods by now. He should be in the 1st team

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    DfD, I pretty much stopped reading after you said Griffin has (even once) dominated a game in a way even close to how Jordan dominated.