NBA: Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Miami Heat's LeBron James, Tim Duncan Make All-NBA First Team
The best of the best were selected for the All-NBA Team for the 2012-13 season, with league MVP LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant leading the way for the roster, announced Thursday.
Out of a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters across the U.S. and Canada, James won all 119 votes for the first team, a unanimous selection that earned the four-time NBA MVP a spot on the roster, the Associated Press reports.
Bryant adds another accolade to a career steeped in them with his record-tying 11th selection to the squad. Only Hall of Famer Karl Malone has been selected to the team more times, Bryant's selection putting him ahead of greats such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Michael Jordan, Bob Pettit and Jerry West, NBA.com notes.
Alongside two of the NBA's most recognizable faces are Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and 2013 All-Star Game MVP Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
James, who led the Heat to the NBA title last year, had a big year in 2012-13, being the only player in the NBA to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg). He also shot career-highs in both field goal percentage (56.5 percent) and three-point shooting (40.6 percent) while becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 20,000-point mark for his career.
Bryant, meanwhile, led the league in scoring for part of the season as he helped power the Lakers into playoff position while moving past Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list and becoming only the fourth player in league history to score 2,000 points in a season at age 34.
NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks tallied the most votes for the All-NBA second team, which consists of San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.
The All-NBA third team was comprised of the Houston Rockets' James Harden, Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, Golden State Warriors forward David Lee and L.A. Lakers center Dwight Howard.