The competition for the league’s 15 All-NBA spots was fiercer than ever in 2020/21, with tens of millions of dollars up for grabs for certain players based on the voting results. Since the NBA has already started to announce its end-of-season award winners, we want to give you an opportunity to vote on the All-NBA rosters for 2020/21 before they’re officially revealed.
We started on Wednesday with the First Team before moving onto the Second Team today. We’ll vote on the Third Team early next week.
Here are the voting results so far:
- Guard: Stephen Curry (Warriors)
- Guard: Luka Doncic (Mavericks)
- Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
- Forward: Joel Embiid (Sixers)
- Center: Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)
I certainly have no qualms with these picks, and wouldn’t be surprised if these players end up in the top five of MVP voting for 2020/21.
Is it a little ridiculous to view Embiid as a forward? Absolutely! But, as we outlined in our First Team poll, the NBA was pretty lax with several positional designations on this year’s official ballot, perhaps to ensure that an outcome like this is possible — Jokic and Embiid were two of the five most impactful players in the NBA this season, but one would end up on the Second Team if both are only eligible at center.
Should the NBA just do away with positional designations altogether and let voters pick the 15 best players? Probably! But for now, we’re sticking to the league’s positional designations, with some help from Howard Beck of SI.com (Twitter links). As a reminder, here are the most notable multi-position eligible players who didn’t make the First Team:
Players eligible at both center and forward:
Players eligible at both forward and guard:
- Devin Booker
- Jaylen Brown
- Jimmy Butler
- Paul George
- LeBron James
- Zach LaVine
- Kawhi Leonard
- Khris Middleton
- Ben Simmons
- Jayson Tatum
A couple more notes before we move onto the Second Team polls:
- If there’s a player you believe deserves All-NBA consideration who isn’t named below, be sure to mention him in the comment section — if I agree, I’ll make sure he’s included in our Third Team poll.
- Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to select two players apiece in both the guard and forward polls.
Vote for your All-NBA Second Team below, then take to the comment section to explain your picks!
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17 thoughts on “Poll: 2021 All-NBA Second Team”
What about the All NBA LAST TEAM ????
A little ridiculous to view Embiid as a forward?? Thats an understatement if I ever saw one. The other problem with that is you now have Gobert as the default 2nd team center when he absolutely is not a top 10 player in the league this year.
Gobert wasn’t a top 10 player but he was the 2nd best Center.
No he wasn’t. Embiid was.
No he wasn’t!
At least 6 centers were better than him;
Jokic, Embiid, Sabonis, KAT, Vucevic & Bam…
then Capela & Valanciunas were just as good as him, playing less than him, so it could be an argument for him to have been either the 7th, 8th or 9th center this year, so him mentioned anywhere near an All-NBA team is just plain cringeworthy, right?
If he wins defensive POY again, why shouldn’t he be 2nd team All-NBA?
Rudy gobert is a very intriguing player. But I tell you, I wouldn’t want him on my team. He can’t catch a pass, he can’t create his own shot, cant make a free throw, he gets lost sometimes, and he has too big of an ego for what little he does. I mean come on, he wants a Max deal? Please. Yes he excels on defense, best big in the league, but not enough for me to want him on my team. You can have him.
Third team Center, sure. Embiid and Jokic whoever you want first and second-team, then 3rd team Rudy gobert. Fine with that.
No one’s saying Gobert is as good as Jokic or Embiid, but assuming those two finish first and second team at center then you’re absolutely correct that Rudy is the obvious choice for third team.
He creates most of Utah’s offense. No he doesn’t distribute the ball but he’s probably the best screener in the league. He’s sets good solid picks then rolls hard to the rim and collapses the defense. Then the ball handler has either an open lob, open lane or his choice of shooters standing at the 3 point line.
Combine that with his stifling defense and I think he’s right up there with Jokic and Embiid. Only knock I have on Embiid is availability and conditioning. He misses a lot of games and tends to run out of gas when it matters the most. That most likely wouldn’t be the case if the 6ers had a decent PG.
Because Embiid should be.
Gobert as 3rd team is fine. It’s pretty much by default because the center play around the league was pretty average this season. The only one you can really make a case for after those 3 guys would be Bam.
Also, Gobert shouldn’t win DPOY again, but he will.
Yes I don’t like the multiple positions thing. Kawhi Leonard’s not a guard and if he is then Giannis is also and so is Draymond Green. They play more point guard than Kawhi Leonard does.
But you say Kawhi Leonard plays shooting guard. Okay fine, then Paul George can’t be listed with the guards. Not when you’re starting Patrick Beverley or whoever else on the floor with George and Kawhi Leonard. Makes no sense.
Just do without the positions and pick the 5 first-team Guys… or, like the old days when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was first team Center every year and all the rest had to fight for second and third team. That’s just how it goes. So who is our first team center, jokic or embiid? Can’t have both in my opinion. That’s if you’re using positions. It’s fine to do the five best guys regardless of position also I’d be okay with that.
Agreed. Also, I think anyone but the most biased Sixers fans would agree that Jokic is first team center. He had the better season over Embiid.
@ Luke, you think there will be that much support for Luka over Paul in mvp voting?
I think the top four will be Jokic, Embiid, Curry, and Giannis. After that, I think there are a few viable candidates for 5th. CP3 might be the favorite for that spot, but Luka or Dame wouldn’t surprise me.
Respecting positions the All-NBA teams should be…
1/ Westbrook – Curry – Giannis – Sabonis – Jokic
2/ Lillard – Luka – Butler – Zion – Embiid
3/ Kyrie – Beal – Kawhi – Randle – Vucevic
Positionless All-NBA teams should be…
1/ Westbrook – Curry – Giannis – Jokic – Embiid
2/ Luka – Butler – Zion – Sabonis – Vucevic
3/ Lillard – Kyrie – Kawhi – Randle – Bam
Funny how it works, some players would be swapped ’bout which team they are, but I only would move Beal out for Bam if you go positionless.
Usually I do play this game every year & there are a few changes, so this year I think positions are more in than usually.
You must be a Pacers fan