Carmelo Anthony could lead the league in scoring and finish in the top three in MVP voting and still not make the All-NBA first team.
Voters have to pick two guards, one center and two forwards for the All-NBA teams. LeBron James and Kevin Durant likely will be named first-team forwards. If the league had gone the same route as it did for the All-Star Game -- eliminating the center position -- Anthony would have been a virtual lock for first-team frontcourt player.
The media vote for the three All-NBA teams. Last year, Tyson Chandler won Defensive Player of the Year, but was All-Defensive second team. Dwight Howard made first team. The media vote for Defensive Player of the Year. The 30 NBA head coaches pick the All-Defensive teams.