While winning the MVP, a scoring title and an NBA Championship is often the goals of individual star players, being recognized on an All-NBA team might be just as important. This achievement essentially ranks the best players per position and earns them a spot on two very important teams.
The All-NBA First Team is an achievement whereby the likes of Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant have captured multiple times. Joining Hall-Of-Fame company is a special achievement that should not go unnoticed. Even by missing out on the First team, earning a spot on the Second Team can be just as rewarding. After all, there are so many great players in the league and plenty of opportunities for star players to deliver on a nightly basis.
Here are the predictions for the All-NBA First, Second, and Third Team this upcoming season.
All-NBA Third Team
Guard: Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker will have a lot on his plate this year, more than he has ever had in his career. With Charlotte, no one expected him to win games and only expected explosive offensive performances by one of the league’s most exciting guards. Needless to say, he delivered consistently.
Now with Boston, Kemba is the new leader of the team following Kyrie Irving’s departure. He will most likely live up to the expectation, scoring a lot of points and leading the Celtics to a Top 4 seed in the East. His performances will earn him a spot on the All-NBA Third Team.
Guard: Russel Westbrook
Westbrook will showcase an array of explosive moves to the rim, pin-point dime passes to open shooters, and non-stop aggression throughout the entire regular season.
He will be the major factor why the Rockets will be a better team than last year, replacing an aging Chris Paul. Russ will most likely hover around another triple-double season, although it is expected that he will be very keen on being the main distributor on the floor to ease the burden on James Harden. Westbrook’s big numbers and great team record will earn him the other spot on the Third Team.
Forward: Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler made a bold move by deciding to move to Miami, especially considering his non-stop complaints about the lack of desire of winning from former teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
It seems Butler opted for nightlife and the opportunity to be the man for a very popular franchise. At the same time, Butler will be asked to score most of the points and defend the opposing team’s best player on a nightly basis. Butler is a master at doing both those things, especially on the defensive end, and will flourish in his role in Miami. Expect Butler to capture the first Forward spot on the Third Team. regular-season
Forward: Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin was dominant as usual last year with the Pistons but failed to make much noise in the Playoffs. Luckily for him, the All-NBA teams are based on regular-season performances where he always manages to rank among the top power forwards in the league.
Griffin will score, showcase an even improved jumper, and return to his dominant ways in the paint. If the Pistons can manage to win more games, it will help his cause even more.
Center: Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid has made it clear to everyone that he wants to be the best big man in the league, on both ends of the floor. To be fair to him, he makes a legitimate case. He has the skills of a guard and can do everything offensively. He also has all the tools to be a dominating defensive presence, and this will do wonders for his team.
The Sixers will most likely finish Top 2 in the East, with Embiid being their best player all year long. Let’s hope he remains injury-free leading into the Playoffs.
All-NBA Second Team
Guard: Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard is a cold-blooded killer on the basketball court. He is quite possibly the most clutch player in the league and can hurt any team at any time. When he gets rolling, it is almost impossible to stop him.
His deep-range shooting paired with his clutch performances will most likely earn him a spot on the All-NBA Second Team. Expect another dominating season by the Blazers star.
Guard: Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving has the chance to silence all his doubters, and lead his Nets team into the Playoffs without an injured Kevin Durant. At the same time, Kyrie has the perfect platform to remind everyone that he is one of the best scorers in the league who is capable of exploding for 50 points on any given night.
Kyrie will easily be the best player on a Nets team that is still quite deep without KD. His record, performances, and numbers will don him justice when he joins Lillard on the Second Team.
Forward: Paul George
George is one of the two (Can you guess the other?) Clippers that will be making the All NBA Team this year.
He will be the primary scorer on his team for most of the time on the court, thanks to his extremely effective offensive arsenal. At the same time, George will be one of the leaders in locking down the opposition each and every night. Facing George when he is backed by stout defenders in Beverley and Harrell will be an absolute nightmare. Expect George to put up similar MVP-type numbers as he did last year, and lead the Clippers to an excellent season.
Forward: Kawhi Leonard
The second Clipper will be Kawhi Leonard. He will very dominate on both ends of the floor and will prove why he just might be the best player in the league. The only reason why he might not make the First Team is the possibility of heavy load management, along with the return of a particular player who will be hungrier than ever.
Leonard will produce big numbers, and will just be a monster defensively. His pairing with Paul George will give his opponents fits each and every night.
Center: Nikola Jokic
Jokic had a phenomenal season last year and was one of the favorites for the MVP Award. He is the best passing big man in the league, and can really stroke it from deep as well. Jokic might as well be the most perfect modern NBA big.
The Nuggets will be a major problem in the West, and Jokic will be the main reason why. He absolutely commands a double-team when he is in the post and is skilled enough to find all his shooters that will be positioned perfectly around the court. Jokic will find himself on an All-NBA Team this year without a doubt.
All-NBA First Team
Guard: Stephen Curry
Steph Curry will be one of the biggest stories of this coming season. His deep-range shooting will just be too much for the opposition, and he will be hungry to lead his Warriors to as high a seeding as possible in the West.
Even without Klay Thompson, D’Angelo Russel will fill nicely and give him another scorer/playmaker to rely on when teams begin to collapse on him. Steph will simply be his usual dominating self, and we might see a replication of his unanimous MVP season.
Guard: James Harden
After falling just short of his second MVP title and missing out on another opportunity to reach the NBA Finals, Harden seems to have had enough. He mentioned, very clearly, that he knows what needs to be done in the Offseason for the Rockets to finally reign supreme.
Well, in comes his former teammate in Russel Westbrook, and the Rockets look as deadly as ever. Harden, in particular, will continue his dominance offensively by punishing teams each and every night. He cannot be stopped, with his ability to drain contested three’s and earn his way to the line basically whenever he wants.
Harden will put up very big numbers, and his team will be a major factor in the West.
Forward: LeBron James
After missing out on LeBron last year for most of the season, we finally get to witness him back at full force. Everyone is expecting LeBron to be on another level this season, and right the wrongs of last year’s horrific ending. The Lakers are a much better team now, and LeBron has enough help to lead them to the promised land.
While LeBron will not dominate offensively each and every night, he will produce what his team needs at the right moments. He will also still manage to stuff the stat sheet, as he has been doing better than anyone in NBA history outside of Wilt Chamberlain.
LeBron will be an excellent scorer, playmaker, and leader for a very exciting Lakers team. His performances will earn him a spot back on the All-NBA First Team.
Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis was sensational last year, putting up monstrous numbers all season long. He was so great, that he led the Bucks to the best record in the NBA. After experiencing some growing pains in the Playoffs, he looks ready to take another leap in his HOF-worthy career.
The Greek Freak will be effective all year long, with nothing to stop him. Giannis will lead the Bucks to a Top 2 seed in the East, and be the primary scorer and playmaker from the jump. Giannis will also most likely take a step up in his defense, and his production will place him alongside two Lakers in the All-NBA First Team frontcourt.
Center: Anthony Davis
With so many great players in the NBA, this might be the season of Anthony Davis. Davis had his mindset on joining the Lakers and looks primed and ready to lead the Lakers to a fantastic season. Playing with LeBron will elevate his game even more, and will have possibly his best season as a professional.
Davis no longer has the burden of doing everything on the floor, and this will open his game up. He will have enough energy to dominate defensively, and enough opportunity to put up massive scoring numbers. Davis will be one of the best players in the league all year long and will complete the All-NBA First Team in the 2019-2020 Season.