May 23 2013, 9:14pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Both James and Bryant made the All-NBA First Team. Rounding up the selection are Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. The official NBA website affirms James, the winner of four of the past five MVP awards, was the only player to receive all 119 First Team votes.
James also earned First Team honors for a sixth consecutive season and seventh overall since breaking into the professional ranks in 2003.
Meanwhile, this is Bryant's 11th selection to the All-NBA First Team ties him with Hall-of-Fame forward Karl Malone for the most number of selections. He was also chosen for the eighth consecutive season. Prior to being named to this year's first team, Bryant was tied with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Michael Jordan, Bob Pettit and Jerry West with 10 selections.
Reuters divulged the members of the Second Team including Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Third Team is comprised of James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, David Lee of the Golden State Warriors and Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers.
As per the NBA website, the All-NBA teams were chosen by a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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