The All-NBA teams for the 2020 season have just been announced. Filled with mostly familiar names, there were some players not present that made many scratch their heads.
The first team consisted of James Harden, Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis, with Antetokounmpo and James being the only unanimous votes. Doncic became the youngest player ever to make an All-NBA first team after averaging a near triple-double on the season. This became James’s 16th selection to an All-NBA team, breaking the tie he had with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. Overall, these are the players who deserved these spots with little to no debate.
The second team consisted of Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Nikola Jokic. The third team consisted of Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum and Rudy Gobert.
Some notable names who didn’t make it on any of the teams are Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Lowry and Trae Young. Team success is a huge component when selecting these teams, which is why players like Booker, Beal and Young were likely left off. Beal became the first player since Adrian Dantley in 1982 to average 30 points per game and not make an All-NBA team.
Overall, although some players could arguably have replaced others, the teams looked pretty solid this year. They valued defense a bit more with players like Simmons and Gobert making the list, which should make defense lovers ecstatic. Now, we await the champions of this year.