Now the final list of players are the ones who have played exceptionally this season and deservingly secured their place as elite players. They may not have been as good as the All-NBA First Team and Second Team players but they surely deserve the recognition for their efforts on the basketball court. Some battled through crisis situations while others broke out of their shells or kept their plays consistently good to make it into this category.
The players who have made it into the All-NBA Third team include,
Point Guard- Chris Paul
The floor general for the best team in the league this season, Phoenix Suns has rightfully claimed his place among the elites. The ‘Point God’, Chris Paul deserves to be mentioned in the company of these elite players as he was the most important piece for the Suns to be the 1st seed. This season, Paul has put up averages of 14.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 10.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game. On top of that he became the Assist Leader of this season.
Shooting Guard- Trae Young
Trae Young has been excelling as a scorer and playmaker ever since he has entered into the league. His rivalry with Luka Doncic playing in the same position really gives the NBA world something to look forward to. He has led the Atlanta Hawks team to the Playoffs although they were the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference. He has averaged 28.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 9.7 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He has miles ahead of him to be recognized as the best point guard in the league especially with Luka playing the same position.
Small Forward- LeBron James
Just like Kevin Durant, there cannot be an All-NBA team without LeBron James in it. James had one of his best scoring performances in his entire career averaging 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. It is somewhat unbelievable that he is in his 19th season of his career and his performance is as if he is in his peak. Sadly he is the only player in the All-NBA Team to not make it into the Playoffs.
Power Forward- Pascal Siakam
Siakam is the only non-All-Star to make it into the All-NBA Team. Despite Fred Van Vleet getting most of the credits for his performance, it was actually Pascal Siakam who was leading the Toronto Raptors in scoring and to the NBA Playoffs. During the regular season, Siakam has put up averages of 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. These are All-Star caliber numbers and he surely should have made it as an All-Star.
Center- Karl-Anthony Towns
After 4 years, Karl-Anthony Towns has finally made it into the All-NBA Team. He has always been performing at a high level but as the Minnesota Timberwolves was weak, his performance did not gain any merit. This season, Towns has established himself as the best shooting Big Man with averages of 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1 steal and 1.1 blocks per game. It will be interesting to see hw far Towns’ evolution gets him to.
These were the players who made it into the All-NBA Third Team and rightfully so they have established their own brand of basketball and have helped their teams reach new heights. Individually, some are emerging while others are already at the tail end of their careers. It will be interesting to see whether these are the players who sustain their position or will they fall of?