Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons

by Jim Eichenhofer

With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.”

Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that triggers financial incentives based on individual awards, including the All-NBA honor. However, despite ranking as one of the league’s premier scorers, rebounders and shot-blockers in ’15-16, Davis was left off each of the three All-NBA squads, preventing him from picking up a significant bonus in his contract.

Although it won’t provide any extra compensation this time, the 24-year-old returned to elite status today, earning 2016-17 first-team All-NBA recognition for the second time in three years. Following the Pelicans’ most recent playoff-qualifying campaign, Davis was also a first-team All-NBA pick at forward. This time, he was selected at the center position. The other four members of the ’16-17 top team were all much-discussed MVP candidates, including guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook, along with forwards LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.

Among the three All-NBA quintets that were selected for this season, 13 of the 15 players reached the playoffs, with the only exceptions being Davis and Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns. Of those 13 postseason participants, 10 advanced at least to the conference semifinals.

During the same aforementioned April 6 media session, Davis noted that although the All-NBA kudos would be nice, he’d rather achieve further team success.

“(All-NBA is) something that you care about, but I’m more about winning,” he said. “I want to win. I want to be playing in the postseason, more than just one time. So that’s something I really care about. But it’s something that you definitely are honored to be on one of those (All-NBA) teams.”


Position Player, Team 1st Team Votes Points
Center Anthony Davis, New Orleans 45 343
Forward LeBron James, Cleveland 99 498
Forward Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio 96 490
Guard James Harden, Houston 100 500
Guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 99 498


Position Player, Team 1st Team Votes Points
Center Rudy Gobert, Utah 43 339
Forward Kevin Durant, Golden State 3 239
Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee - 258
Guard Stephen Curry, Golden State 1 290
Guard Isaiah Thomas, Boston - 236


Position Player, Team 1st Team Votes Points
Center DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers 3 54
Forward Draymond Green, Golden State 4 134
Forward Jimmy Butler, Chicago - 102
Guard DeMar DeRozan, Toronto - 62
Guard John Wall, Washington -- 125