The NBA has formally announced the All-NBA First, Second, and Third Teams for the 2018/19 season, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden leading the way as the two unanimous selections for the First Team.
The full All-NBA teams are listed below, with their vote totals in parentheses. Players received five points for a First Team vote, three points for a Second Team vote, and one point for a Third Team vote, so Antetokounmpo and Harden scored a perfect 500 — First Team nods from all 100 voters.
All-NBA First Team
- Guard: James Harden, Rockets (500)
- Guard: Stephen Curry, Warriors (482)
- Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (500)
- Forward: Paul George, Thunder (433)
- Center: Nikola Jokic, Nuggets (411)
All-NBA Second Team
- Guard: Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers (306)
- Guard: Kyrie Irving, Celtics (195)
- Forward: Kevin Durant, Warriors (358)
- Forward: Kawhi Leonard, Raptors (242)
- Center: Joel Embiid, Sixers (372)
All-NBA Third Team
- Guard: Russell Westbrook, Thunder (178)
- Guard: Kemba Walker, Hornets (51)
- Forward: Blake Griffin, Pistons (115)
- Forward: LeBron James, Lakers (111)
- Center: Rudy Gobert, Jazz (89)
As we detailed in March, this year’s All-NBA selections have significant financial implications for several players. Here’s a breakdown of how several All-NBA candidates were impacted:
- Giannis Antetokounmpo is now eligible for a super-max extension with the Bucks, which he can sign in 2020. It would start at 35% of the cap in 2021/22 and would extend his contract by five years.
- Damian Lillard is now eligible for a super-max extension with the Trail Blazers, which he can sign in 2019. It would start at 35% of the cap in 2021/22 and would extend his contract by four years.
- Kemba Walker is now eligible for a super-max contract with the Hornets, which he can sign in 2019. It would start at 35% of the cap in 2019/20 and would be for five years.
- Bradley Beal, Klay Thompson, Nikola Vucevic, and other super-max candidates who didn’t earn All-NBA honors aren’t eligible for super-max contracts (or a super-max extension, in Beal’s case). Thompson’s and Vucevic’s maximum contracts this summer would start at 30% of the cap.
- Karl-Anthony Towns‘ extension with the Timberwolves, which goes into effect in 2019/20, will start at 25% of the cap, rather than 30%, because he didn’t earn All-NBA honors.
Beal and Thompson received the most All-NBA votes of any guards who missed out on the All-NBA teams, receiving 34 and 27 points respectively. Sixers guard Ben Simmons got seven points, while no other guards had more than four.
LaMarcus Aldridge (Spurs) and Danilo Gallinari (Clippers) were the runners-up at forward, receiving 17 and seven points, respectively. Pascal Siakam (Raptors) had four points, while no other forwards had more than three.
At center, Towns received 20 points, followed by Vucevic at four and Pistons center Andre Drummond with three.
Interestingly, the 15 players named to the All-NBA teams for 2018/19 were the same 15 players that Hoops Rumors readers voted for in our end-of-season All-NBA polls last month. The only differences were George swapping places with Durant and Irving flipping spots with Westbrook.
The full and official All-NBA voting results can be found right here.
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