O’Neal, Artest Make All-NBA

by Conrad Brunner

April 25, 2004


Pacers Playoff Central
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.


Artest


O'Neal

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 with seven.

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 center.

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 career triple-doubles.

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 Baron Davis.

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.