by Conrad Brunner
April 25, 2004
Artest Joins O'Neal on All-NBA Selections
NBA News Release
New York, April 25, 2004
San Antonio Spurs’ forward Tim Duncan earned his
seventh consecutive selection to the All-NBA First Team when the NBA
announced the 2003-04 All-NBA teams today. Duncan is only the sixth player
in NBA history to make the All-NBA First Team in each of his first seven
seasons, joining Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird, George Mikan, Bob
Pettit and Oscar Robertson.
The Pacers had two representatives on the All-NBA teams for the first time ever. Jermaine O'Neal was named to the second team while Ron Artest was named to the third team. O'Neal was a third-team selection the previous two seasons. It was the first All-NBA selection for Artest, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Duncan is the only player to finish this season ranked in the top 10
in points per game (23.3 ppg, 6th), rebounds per game (12.4, 2nd), blocks
per game (2.68 bpg, 4th) and field goal percentage (.501, 10th). He also
recorded more 30 point-15 rebounds games than any other player this season
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett finished as the only
unanimous All-NBA First Team selection as he was named on all 123 voters’
first team ballots. Duncan and Garnett were joined on the All-NBA First
Team by Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Jason Kidd of the New
Jersey Nets at the guard positions and Shaquille O’Neal of the Lakers at
Garnett finished the season leading the NBA in rebounding average
(13.9 rpg) and was tied for second in scoring average (24.2 ppg), both
career-highs. He finished with 1,987 total points and 1,139 total rebounds,
becoming just the fifth player in NBA history (and the first in 29 years)
to lead the league in both total points and total rebounds. This is
Garnett’s third career selection to the All-NBA First Team.
Bryant finished the season ranked fourth in the NBA with a
team-leading 24.0 points per game enroute to his third consecutive All-NBA
First Team selection. He helped lead the Lakers to a league-best 25-7
record following the NBA All-Star break. Bryant recorded his ninth career
triple-double this season with 29 points, a season-high 14 rebounds and ten
assists versus Washington on February 28.
The Lakers' O’Neal, named to his sixth All-NBA First Team, led the NBA in field
goal percentage (.584), was seventh in blocked shots (2.48), 11th in
scoring (21.5) and fifth in double-doubles (43). With three blocked shots
versus Portland on April 6, O’Neal surpassed Manute Bol (2,086) for ninth
all-time in career blocked shots.
Kidd, named to his fifth All-NBA First Team, led the NBA is assists
(9.2 apg) for the fifth time in his career and became the first Nets player
ever to lead the league in assists in back-to-back seasons. He registered
10 or more assists in a game 33 times and the Nets were 27-6 when he had 10
or more assists in a game. During the season, Kidd recorded nine
triple-doubles, tying him with Larry Bird for fourth all-time with 59
The All-NBA Second Team consists of Jermaine O’Neal, Sacramento Kings’ forward Peja Stojakovic, Detroit
Pistons’ center Ben Wallace, Minnesota Timberwolves’ guard Sam Cassell and
Orlando Magic guard Tracy McGrady.
The All-NBA Third Team includes Dallas Mavericks’ forward Dirk
Nowitzki, Artest, Houston Rockets’ center Yao
Ming, Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Michael Redd and New Orleans Hornets’ guard
The 123-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.