Today, the NBA announced the players who made it into the All-NBA First Team. These players have excelled for their teams in their particular positions and can claim to be the best in those positions for this season solely. Their impact goes way beyond the box score and its about the eye test. The stats are important of course. But what takes the cake is the skill level they have displayed throughout the year and made a name for themselves.
The All-NBA First Team by positions include:-
Point Guard- Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic has been carrying the Mavericks team alone. After Kristaps Porzingis left the Mavericks, the load fell on Doncic to lead the team. With role players, Doncic went on a run in the end of the season to help Mavericks capture the 4th seed in the Western Conference. With averages of 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.2 steals, he has become one of the best point guards in the league.
Shooting Guard- Devin Booker
For his entire career, Devin Booker was mostly overlooked. Despite having the skill set to transcend as a lethal scorer, he did not have any sort of help which would put him in a position to succeed. This season, Booker got the respect that he deserved as he is the leading scorer of the Phoenix Suns with averages of 26.8 points, 5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Joined with Chris Paul, he led the Suns o the best record in the league during the regular season.
Small Forward- Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum continues to improve as the seasons pass by as he had arguably the best season in his career so far with averages of 26.9 points, 8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1 steal per game. He is the ace of the Boston Celtics who finished 2nd in the league. With the way he has been developing, Tatum has a case to be the MVP in the future and an NBA champion.
Power Forward- Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis is no doubt the best player in the league. Despite not winning the MVP this season, he has been dominating on both ends of the floor. This is the 4th consecutive season that the Greek Freak has made it into the First Team solidifying his legacy in the long run. He averaged 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, for a Bucks team who had their rest of the starters coming in and out for the entirety of the season.
Center- Nikola Jokic
The current MVP of the season was sure to make the list. With averages of 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 block per game, he led the injury riddled Nuggets team to the Playoffs singlehandedly. He also created history by becoming the first player ever to record 2000+ points, 1000+ rebounds and 500+ assists for the entire season.
These are the All-NBA First team players who excelled for the season. Of course, some other players could have made it in the First Team but this list cannot be argued. They have done more than just a single thing in this season and they should be respected for what they have achieved.