2016-17 All-NBA Picks: MVP contenders fist Curry, Durant off initial team

If a 2016-17 NBA MVP opinion is excruciatingly close, a All-NBA Team selections are usually as brutal. This deteriorate we saw some of a many extraordinary performances in NBA history, roughly nightly. Fifty-point triple-doubles, mythological offenses, epic battles, we’ve seen it all. 


The All-NBA teams are some-more critical than All-Star nods. They’re improved reflections of how good a player’s deteriorate was, not usually since they simulate a whole season, though since they aren’t shabby by a injured fan vote. Teams are comprised of dual guards, dual forwards and a center. Here’s what a group came adult with for a tip 15 best this deteriorate by those positions. 

Bill Reiter



Russell Westbrook


OKC PG



James Harden


HOU SG



LeBron James


CLE SF



Kawhi Leonard


SA SF



Rudy Gobert


UTA C
Ethan Skolnick



Russell Westbrook


OKC PG



James Harden


HOU SG



LeBron James


CLE SF



Kawhi Leonard


SA SF



Anthony Davis


NO PF
Matt Moore



Russell Westbrook


OKC PG



James Harden


HOU SG



LeBron James


CLE SF



Kawhi Leonard


SA SF



Rudy Gobert


UTA C
James Herbert



Russell Westbrook


OKC PG



James Harden


HOU SG



LeBron James


CLE SF



Kawhi Leonard


SA SF



Rudy Gobert


UTA C
Jack Maloney



Russell Westbrook


OKC PG



James Harden


HOU SG



LeBron James


CLE SF



Kawhi Leonard


SA SF



Anthony Davis


NO PF
Joseph Levin



Russell Westbrook


OKC PG



James Harden


HOU SG



LeBron James


CLE SF



Kawhi Leonard


SA SF



Rudy Gobert


UTA C

ANALYSIS: Four of these are no-brainers. Russell Westbrook, James Harden, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard are undoubtedly a leaders for MVP this season. No hit on two-time MVP Stephen Curry, though that’s a cost for adding Kevin Durant. Durant’s damage saved a cabinet from a terrible choice of carrying to select between James, Leonard and Durant, and that could have been brutal. 

Meanwhile, a core mark is fascinating. Anthony Davis played about 65 percent of his sum mins during core this season, and was brilliant. Most notably, his dual most-played lineups both featured him during center. So there’s a box to be done there, and some-more than one of a panelists done such a case. On a other hand, Rudy Gobert appears during a tip of this list, as he has emerged as a top-flight scoring choice for a top-five-in-the West Jazz, while also creation arguably a strongest box for Defensive Player of a Year. 

Bill Reiter



Stephen Curry


GS PG



Isaiah Thomas


BOS PG



Kevin Durant


GS SF



Giannis Antetokounmpo


MIL SF



Anthony Davis


NO PF
Ethan Skolnick



Stephen Curry


GS PG



Isaiah Thomas


BOS PG



Kevin Durant


GS SF



Giannis Antetokounmpo


MIL SF



Rudy Gobert


UTA C
Matt Moore



Stephen Curry


GS PG



John Wall


WAS PG



Kevin Durant


GS SF



Giannis Antetokounmpo


MIL SF



Anthony Davis


NO PF
James Herbert



Stephen Curry


GS PG



Isaiah Thomas


BOS PG



Kevin Durant


GS SF



Giannis Antetokounmpo


MIL SF



Anthony Davis


NO PF
Jack Maloney



Stephen Curry


GS PG



Isaiah Thomas


BOS PG



Kevin Durant


GS SF



Giannis Antetokounmpo


MIL SF



Rudy Gobert


UTA C
Joseph Levin



Stephen Curry


GS PG



Isaiah Thomas


BOS PG



Kevin Durant


GS SF



Giannis Antetokounmpo


MIL SF



Anthony Davis


NO PF

ANALYSIS: If Davis didn’t land on a initial ballot, he landed on a second, and same goes for Gobert. They were decidedly a best dual centers in a joining … if we count Davis as a center. It’s important that a Pelicans have kept mixed centers on register privately since of a fee a position takes on Davis, and that he won’t be personification core full-time any longer with DeMarcus Cousins on board.

As for a rest of a second team, it’s Curry, K.D. and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who put together a deteriorate for a Bucks that in many normal years competence have landed him tip 4 in MVP voting. The child is still crazy immature and continues to supplement to his game, apropos a loyal superstar. The usually inequality outward a core mark comes from Matt Moore’s preference to place John Wall over Isaiah Thomas in a second-team ensure spot, formed off his avowal that invulnerability should matter some-more in these All-NBA selections. 

Durant missed some-more than a month, though when healthy, he was an MVP claimant in his possess right, a best actor on a league’s best team. Durant managed to say illusory potency while holding over pivotal prolongation roles for a impossibly built Warriors. He offset never sacrificing with bettering to Golden State’s play, and when he went down, Curry warranted his mark here with his common violent shooting. 

Bill Reiter



John Wall


WAS PG



Damian Lillard


POR PG



Jimmy Butler


CHI SF



Paul George


IND SF



Hassan Whiteside


MIA C
Ethan Skolnick



John Wall


WAS PG



DeMar DeRozan


TOR SG



Jimmy Butler


CHI SF



Paul George


IND SF



Hassan Whiteside


MIA C
Matt Moore



Chris Paul


LAC PG



Isaiah Thomas


BOS PG



Jimmy Butler


CHI SF



Paul George


IND SF



Marc Gasol


MEM C
James Herbert



Chris Paul


LAC PG



Kyle Lowry


TOR PG



Jimmy Butler


CHI SF



Draymond Green


GS PF



Karl-Anthony Towns


MIN C
Jack Maloney



John Wall


WAS PG



DeMar DeRozan


TOR SG



Jimmy Butler


CHI SF



Gordon Hayward


UTA SF



Marc Gasol


MEM C
Joseph Levin



John Wall


WAS PG



Damian Lillard


POR PG



Jimmy Butler


CHI SF



Gordon Hayward


UTA SF



Hassan Whiteside


MIA C

ANALYSIS: The third group is always where things get tougher, and it shows. Isaiah Thomas, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and DeMar DeRozan all perceived ensure votes. Thomas was many people’s fifth-place MVP preference as a deteriorate drew to a close, so to see him third group shows how good this year’s foe has been. Meanwhile, Paul missed several weeks of action, though when he was with a Clippers, he was simply phenomenal, and stays a best loyal pristine indicate ensure in a league.

DeRozan’s ability to lift Toronto should also not pass though notice, and Lillard helped Jusuf Nurkic lift a Blazers to a playoffs, saving their season.

Jimmy Butler got one of a brazen spots unanimously, and his deteriorate with a Bulls was lonesome with a plod of a team’s dysfunction. Butler was utterly simply brilliant, putting adult wing scoring numbers allied to Kawhi Leonard, with allied invulnerability as well. The Paul George contra Gordon Hayward discuss is extreme and indecipherable. Both were tremendous, with George’s lows reduce than Hayward’s, though his drastic highs aloft as well.

The core mark gets separate between a Heat’s double-double appurtenance Hassan Whiteside, a Grizzlies’ standard-bearer do-it-all potency appurtenance Marc Gasol and a wild-card opinion for a Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns. Without a votes for Gasol, a Grizzlies would be a usually Western Conference playoff group though an All-NBA selection.

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