O'Neal Named 3rd Team All-NBA

by Conrad Brunner

May 6, 2003

New York, May 6, 2003 -- 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.

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).

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.

Duncan is joined on the All-NBA First Team by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and center Shaquille O’Neal, Orlando Magic guard Tracy McGrady and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett. Bryant and O’Neal are the first teammates to be named All-NBA First Team in consecutive seasons since Utah’s 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.

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.