Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com
NEW YORK — After failing to be voted into the NBA All-Star Game in Houston this past February, Brook Lopez, one of the more consistent centers in the league, managed to get on the team after being named as an injury replacement by Commissioner David Stern.
Since the ballots were collected a few weeks ago, we have privately wondered if that trend would continue when it came to announcing the league's All-NBA teams. Unfortunately, for Lopez, it did.
Today, the NBA announced its All-NBA Teams and Lopez was not on any of the teams. Hit the jump for the full rundown.
The first thing that is important to note is that, unlike the All-Star ballots, the All-NBA Team did specifically designate positions. Each of the 119 voters had to vote for lineups that consisted of two guards, two forwards and one center. In the long run, that may have hurt Lopez's chances.
Each player was awarded 5 points for each first team vote, 3 points for each second team vote, and 1 point for each third team vote. LeBron James was voted as a first teamer on all 119 ballots, giving him a total of 595 points. Kevin Durant finished second with 555 points and Chris Paul was third with 537 points.
Interestingly enough, of all players who received votes and DID NOT get selected for a team, Brook Lopez led with 132 points, including seven first team votes. Lopez tied with Blake Griffin (who also had 132 points), but actually finished with more points than both David Lee (79 points) and Paul George (73 points). Both Lee and George made the third team. The third team center was Dwight Howard, who finished with 203 points.
Some have suggested doing away with positions with All-NBA team voting, and the fact that Lopez seems like a somewhat obvious snub gives credence to the argument.
Below are the full rosters and respective point totals.
All-NBA First Team:
LeBron James (Forward, 595 points), Kevin Durant (Forward, 555 points), Tim Duncan (Center, 392 points), Kobe Bryant (Guard, 521 points), Chris Paul (Guard, 537 points)
All-NBA Second Team:
Carmelo Anthony (Forward, 397 points), Blake Griffin (Forward, 132 points), Marc Gasol (Center, 295 points), Russell Westbrook (Guard, 306 points), Tony Parker (Guard, 273 points)
All-NBA Third Team:
Paul George (Forward, 73 points), David Lee (Forward, 79 points), Dwight Howard (Center, 203 points), Dwyane Wade (Guard, 145 points), James Harden (Guard, 253 points)
As for Deron William, he is the only other Net to receive consideration. He had a mere 6 points.