The November All-NBA Team
On one hand, you have 34-year-old Kobe Bryant and 36-year-old Tim Duncan--two men considered the greatest players of the 21st Century, thus far.
On the other hand, you have LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul--three 20-somethings who may one day supplant the aforementioned greats for that title.
We really are living in a unique time--reminiscent of the 1997-98 season, when the basketball world was ruled by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, not to mention John Stockton and Karl Malone, while young guns Shaquille O'Neal, Duncan and Bryant were on the rise.
Here, today; gone, tomorrow.
That's what it was like then … and just as it was yesteryear, we truly have no idea how many more great seasons Duncan and Bryant have in them.
Enjoy them while you can. Because this is a historic time indeed.
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November All-NBA First Team C Tim Duncan, Spurs … 2.59 VV (+5.78 RAPM), 4.2 EWA (27.55 PER) … Anybody who says 36-year-old Duncan isn't the NBA's best center in 2012 hasn't been paying attention.
PF LeBron James, Heat … 3.46 VV (+7.57 RAPM), 5.3 EWA (28.27 PER) … Yawn. LeBron. Yawn.
SF Kevin Durant, Thunder … 3.65 VV (+5.85 RAPM), 6.5 EWA (28.10 PER) … LeBron's The Man, but KD is becoming a chic MVP choice.
SG Kobe Bryant, Lakers … 2.22 VV (+2.29 RAPM), 4.8 EWA (24.99 PER) … Coaches and teammates come and go, but 34-year-old Kobe never changes.
PG Chris Paul, Clippers … 3.05 VV (+6.57 RAPM), 4.0 EWA (24.97 PER) … CP3 was No. 3 in the MVP voting last season and he's in the mix again.
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November All-NBA Second Team C Dwight Howard, Lakers … 2.91 VV (+5.00 RAPM), 3.4 EWA (21.20 PER) … Howard, like his new team, got off to a slow start, but he's now showing his back is back.
C Anderson Varejao, Cavaliers … 2.10 VV (+2.76 RAPM), 4.2 EWA (24.28 PER) … Look who beat out Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh and Kevin Garnett as top center in East.
PF Carmelo Anthony, Knicks … 2.06 VV (+3.29 RAPM), 3.9 EWA (24.45 PER) … Take your time, Amare, and rehab right--Melo is doing just fine at the 4, thank you very much.
SG James Harden, Rockets … 2.61 VV (+3.95 RAPM), 2.9 EWA (19.35 PER) … Nobody should have been surprised 23-year-old Harden would shine in Houston.
PG Russell Westbrook, Thunder … 2.67 VV (+3.91 RAPM), 3.8 EWA (22.40 PER) … Russ hasn't missed a game in 5 NBA seasons and is en route to becoming an all-time great.
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November All-NBA Third Team C Marc Gasol, Grizzlies … 2.74 VV (+5.41 RAPM), 2.9 EWA (20.52 PER) … He made All-Star last season; he deserved to be All-NBA too.
C Tyson Chandler, Knicks … 2.28 VV (+5.68 RAPM), 2.9 EWA (22.94 PER) … Last season's Defensive Player of the Year is now an offensive force.
C Chris Bosh, Heat … 1.61 VV (+1.97 RAPM), 3.5 EWA (23.65 PER) … Bosh is taking a liking to his newfound position.
SG Dwyane Wade, Heat … 1.79 VV (+4.17 RAPM), 2.5 EWA (21.80 PER) … Even banged up, D-Wade ranks among the NBA elite.
PG Tony Parker, Spurs … 2.02 VV (+3.80 RAPM), 2.5 EWA (20.53 PER) … TP is just rounding into the form that helped him finish fifth in MVP voting last season.
KEY … VV: Victory Value (my plus-minus equation for victory contributions); RAPM: Regularized Adjusted Plus Minus by Jeremias Engelmann; EWA: Estimated Wins Added by John Hollinger; PER: Player Efficiency Rating by Hollinger.