O'Neal Named 3rd Team All-NBA

by Conrad Brunner

Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal was selected to the third team for the second season in a row. O'Neal averaged 20.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.31 blocked shots. Only one other Pacers player has made an all-NBA team, Reggie Miller (third team in 1995, '96 and '98).

In addition to the Pacers' O'Neal, the All-NBA Third Team includes New Orleans Hornets’ forward Jamal Mashburn, 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.