Perhaps as significant a story as who made the team was who did not.
George and Hayward fell well short of making any of the three All-N.B.A. teams, which means they will not be eligible to get so-called “supermax” extensions from Indiana and Utah this summer and now will face more questions about their futures in their respective cities. George is under contract to the Pacers for next season, while Hayward will probably elect to become a free agent this summer.
“These opportunities don’t come around very much,” Hayward said this month. “That’s why you hire an agent, to deal with this type of stuff.”
Harden and Westbrook were runaway choices at guard, James and Leonard were easy picks at forward. Davis barely held off Utah’s Rudy Gobert for the first-team center spot, finishing with 343 points to Gobert’s 339.
Davis appeared on 95 ballots; Gobert appeared on 91.
Other second-team picks along with Gobert were the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas at guard, and the Warriors’ Kevin Durant and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo at forward.
“So many great players, so many players had great seasons,” Durant said. “It’s kind of hard to put guys on the first, second, third teams. So many guys played well this year. Just grateful to be a part of the list. Obviously I feel like I should be a first-team player, but it is what it is.”
Third-team selections were guards John Wall of the Washington Wizards and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, forwards Draymond Green of Golden State and Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls, and center DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers. Jordan edged the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns by 4 points in the balloting.
Finalists for the league’s most valuable player, rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, sixth man, most improved player and coach of the year will be announced Friday night.
All those awards will be announced in New York on June 26, and complete voting results will be released at that time.
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