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How are the All-NBA Teams selected?

The All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams were announced before the Bucks-Nets game Tuesday night. Who are the voters that decide who is named to each team?

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How are the All-NBA Teams selected?
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MVP Nicola Jokic is among the five players that were named to the 2020/21 All-NBA First team. But who named Jokic and four other players voted to the prestigious squad at the season’s end?

The NBA First, Second and Third teams were announced before Game 5 of the Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks series.

Curry gets First Team honors for the fourth time

Jokic joins Steph Curry, Kawahi Leonard, Luka Doncic, and Giannis Antetokounmpo on the All-NBA First Team. Curry leads the pack with his fourth career selection in a year in which Europeans dominate the top 5 players in the NBA.

Among the names left off of the First Team are LeBron James, who was not named to the Top 5 team in the NBA for just the second time in the last 14 years. Neither Kevin Durant nor James Harden were named to any of the three squads, most likely because their season’s were hindered by injury.

All-NBA voting process

So how are the teams decided and who chooses who’s in and who’s out of the All-NBA First, Second and Third teams? There are two guards, two forwards and one center named to each team. The five position players are chosen from a group of sportswriters and broadcasters. Voters award points based on a 5-3-1 scale, based on their positions, with their top choice receiving 5 points, second 3 points and third 1 point.

LeBron has been selected to the most NBA First Teams in the history of the league with 13 over the course of his career. Kobe Bryant has the second most with 11.