Duncan Again Headlines All-NBA First Team
Posted May 8 2003 6:22PM
Duncan is sixth player to make the All-NBA First Team in his first six seasons
NEW YORK, May 6 -- San Antonio Spurs’ forward and league MVP Tim Duncan earned his sixth consecutive selection to All-NBA First Team when the NBA announced the 2002-03 All-NBA teams today. Duncan is the sixth player in NBA history to make the All-NBA First Team in each of his first six seasons, joining Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird, George Mikan, Bob Pettit, and Oscar Robertson.
Duncan finished the regular season ranked third in the NBA in rebounds (12.9 rpg) and blocks (2.93 bpg), and seventh in points (23.3 ppg) and field goal percentage (.513). He set career-highs in rebounds, blocks and assists (3.9 apg), and was the top vote-getter for the second consecutive season, finishing with 603 points and 120 first place votes.
Bryant and O’Neal are the first teammates to be named All-NBA First Team in consecutive seasons since Utah’s Karl Malone and John Stockton did it in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Bryant finished the season ranked second in the NBA with a career-high 30.0 points per game. He also posted career-highs in rebounds (6.9 rpg) and assists (5.9 apg) as he played in all 82 regular season games. Bryant scored 40 or more points in nine consecutive games (February 6-23) and became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 10,000 point plateau on March 5th. He has been named to the All-NBA First Team twice (2002, 2003), Second Team twice (2000, 2001) and Third Team once during his career (1999). O’Neal was named All-NBA First Team for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time in his career. He finished the season second in field goal percentage (.574) and fourth in scoring (27.5 ppg ). He also averaged 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Garnett finished the season ranked second in the league in rebounds (13.4 rpg) and tied for eighth in scoring (23.0 ppg). He posted career-highs in points, rebounds and assists (6.0 apg). He averaged at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the second consecutive season and tied the Timberwolves franchise record scoring 20 or more points in 61 games. Garnett joins Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Robertson and Baylor as the only players in NBA history to average 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in at least two consecutive seasons.
McGrady led the NBA in scoring with a career-high 32.1 points per game and also set career-highs in assists (5.5 apg) and steals (1.65 spg). He joined Bryant as the sixth and seventh players in NBA history to average at least 30 points, six rebounds and five assists in a season. McGrady and Bryant also become the first two players to average more than 30 ppg in the same season since Michael Jordan and Karl Malone did so in 1989-90.
The All-NBA Second Team consists of the Dallas Mavericks’ forward Dirk Nowitzki, Sacramento Kings’ forward Chris Webber, Detroit Pistons’ center Ben Wallace, Philadelphia 76ers’ guard Allen Iverson and New Jersey Nets’ guard Jason Kidd.
The All-NBA Third Team includes New Orleans Hornets’ forward Jamal Mashburn, Indiana Pacers’ forward/center Jermaine O’Neal, Boston Celtics’ forward Paul Pierce, Phoenix Suns’ guard Stephon Marbury and Dallas Mavericks’ guard Steve Nash.
The 122-member voting panel of writers and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada consisted of national media members and members from each of the league’s 29 teams who regularly cover the NBA. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
Below are the results of the voting for the 2002-03 All-NBA Teams, with First Team votes in parentheses:
2002-03 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
2002-03 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
2002-03 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
Other players receiving votes, with point totals: Yao Ming, Houston, 55; Karl Malone, Utah, 33; Shawn Marion, Phoenix, 28; Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland, 25; Vlade Divac, Sacramento, 23; Steve Francis, Houston, 18; Ray Allen, Seattle, 15; Gary Payton, Milwaukee, 14; Rasheed Wallace, Portland, 14; Allan Houston, New York, 10; Brad Miller, Indiana, 8; David Robinson, San Antonio, 8; Pau Gasol, Memphis, 8; Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento, 8; Michael Jordan, Washington, 7; Antoine Walker, Boston, 3; Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix, 2; Antawn Jamison, Golden State, 2; Elton Brand, L.A. Clippers, 2; Theo Ratliff, Atlanta, 2; Brian Grant, Miami, 2; Jalen Rose, Chicago, 1; Jamaal Magloire, New Orleans, 1; John Stockton, Utah, 1; Michael Finley, Dallas, 1; Mike Bibby, Sacramento, 1; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 1; Wally Szczerbiak, Minnesota, 1.