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LeBron, Dwight named to All-NBA First Team
NBA MVP LeBron James and the man who may have replaced him as the league's most polarizing player, Dwight Howard, were both named to the All-NBA First Team, the league announced today.
Joining James and Howard on the first team were Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.2 assists and 7.9 rebounds en route to his third MVP award. This year also marks the fifth straight season James was named to the All-NBA First Team.
Howard put up dominant numbers, averaging 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. However, a soap opera involving Howard, Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith ultimately led to Orlando's collapse late in the year. Van Gundy and Smith were both let go after the Magic lost to the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs.
James was the leading vote-getter, receiving 118 of a possible 120 first-team votes from sportswriters and broadcasters, and 596 of a possible 600 total points. Durant was second, receiving 117 first-team votes and 591 points, and Bryant was third, with 104 first-team votes and 568 points.
Lakers center Andrew Bynum led the way for the second team. He totaled 33 first-team votes -- 34 fewer than Howard -- and 400 points -- 76 less than the first-team center. Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook rounded out the second team.
Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler of the Knicks highlighted the third team. Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade, despite having off years, also made the team, along with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.
LaMarcus Aldridge (55 points), Marc Gasol (52 points) and Derrick Rose (44 points) received the most points out of players that didn't make any of the three teams.
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