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Davis earns first team All-NBA honors for third time

Posted: 3:49 PM, May 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-24 16:49:34-04

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NEW ORLEANS The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis has been named to the 2017-18 All-NBA First Team. The distinction is the third in Davis’ six years in the NBA, and second consecutive.

Davis, 6-10, 252, finished the season ranked second in the NBA points per game (28.1 – career-high), fifth in rebounds per game (11.1) and first in blocks per game (2.6), finishing the year as the only player in the NBA ranked among the top five of all three categories. Davis finished the regular season with 50 double-doubles (ranked 6th) and led the league with 24 30-point, 10-rebound performances, including eight games of at least 35 points and 15 rebounds. A starter in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, Davis was named the Kia NBA Western Conference Player of the Month for both February and March/April, as well as earning two Western Conference Player of the Week nods (games played Nov. 19-26, Feb. 26-Mar-4). On May 16, the NBA announced that Davis was named a top-three finalist for both the 2018 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year Awards, becoming just the 14th player in NBA history to finish top three in voting for both awards in the same season, as well as the only player this season to be nominated for multiple awards, which will be presented at the 2018 NBA Awards Presented by Kia on June 25.

Davis is joined on the first team with forwards LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, and guards James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Named to the All-NBA First Team previously for the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons, Davis becomes the second player in franchise history to earn All-NBA recognition in three different seasons. Previous players to earn All-NBA recognition include Jamal Mashburn (Third Team 2002-03), Baron Davis (Third Team 2003-04) and Chris Paul (First Team 2007-08; Second Team 2008-09; Third Team 2010-11).

2017-18 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM

Position

Player, Team

1st Team (5 Pts.)

2nd Team (3 Pts.)

3rd Team (1 Pt.)

Total

All-NBA Selections

Guard

James Harden, Houston

100

500

5 (four 1st, one 3rd)

Forward

LeBron James, Cleveland

100

500

14 (12 1st, two 2nd)

Center/Forward

Anthony Davis, New Orleans

96

4

492

3 (three 1st)

Guard

Damian Lillard, Portland

71

24

5

432

3 (one 1st, 2nd and 3rd)

Forward

Kevin Durant, Golden State

63

37

426

8 (six 1st, two 2nd)

2017-18 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM

Position

Player, Team

1st Team (5 Pts.)

2nd Team (3 Pts.)

3rd Team (1 Pt.)

Total

All-NBA Selections

Forward

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee

28

71

1

354

2 (two 2nd)

Guard

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

24

63

13

322

7 (two 1st, five 2nd)

Center

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia

11

78

5

294

1

Forward/Center

LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio

2

68

22

236

5 (two 2nd, three 3rd)

Guard

DeMar DeRozan, Toronto

2

39

38

165

2 (one 2nd, one 3rd)

2017-18 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM

Position

Player, Team

1st Team (5 Pts.)

2nd Team (3 Pts.)

3rd Team (1 Pt.)

Total

All-NBA Selections

Guard

Stephen Curry, Golden State

2

39

37

164

5 (two 1st, two 2nd, one 3rd)

Guard

Victor Oladipo, Indiana

24

33

105

1

Center/Forward

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota

18

45

99

1

Forward/Guard

Jimmy Butler, Minnesota

1

8

52

81

2 (two 3rd)

Forward

Paul George, Oklahoma City

4

42

54

4 (four 3rd)