Paul All-NBA choice again after one-year hiatus

Thursday, May 12, 2011
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

For the third time in Chris Paul’s decorated professional career, the 6-foot point guard was selected to one of the league’s All-NBA teams. The six-year veteran was chosen as a third-team pick (the first-team All-NBA point guard was Derrick Rose, with Russell Westbrook named to the second team). During Paul’s breakout 2007-08 season, when he was runner-up in the MVP race, he was a first-team selection. In 2008-09, he made the second team, but an injury-plagued 2009-10 kept him out of consideration for All-NBA honors.

The NBA actually does not designate All-NBA choices by specific position designations, meaning that two point guards can both be on the first team or two shooting guards. Based on the voting, Paul received the fifth-most votes among all guards, though, behind Rose, Kobe Bryant, Westbrook and Dwyane Wade.

In one nod to the kind of season New Orleans center Emeka Okafor put together, he was listed in the “others receiving votes” category, picking up one third-team vote from one of the balloters. The Hornets were 3-7 in games Okafor missed this season, but 43-29 when he was on the floor.

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward LeBron James, Miami (119) 595
Forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (69) 492
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando (118) 593
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (98) 551
Guard Derrick Rose, Chicago (118) 593

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers (2) 259
Forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (47) 437
Center Amar’e Stoudemire, New York (2) 258
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (24) 392
Guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 184

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland 135
Forward Zach Randolph, Memphis 67
Center Al Horford, Atlanta 62
Guard Manu Ginobili, San Antonio 106
Guard Chris Paul, New Orleans 157

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first team votes in parentheses): Rajon Rondo, Boston, 68; Paul Pierce, Boston, 55; Carmelo Anthony, Denver-New York, 53; Kevin Love, Minnesota, 48; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 43; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers, 36; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 27; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 22; Deron Williams, Utah-New Jersey 19; Steve Nash, Phoenix, 17; Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee, 13; Monta Ellis, Golden State, 11; Nene, Denver, 11; Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers, 9; Kevin Martin, Houston, 7; Tyson Chandler, Dallas, 7; Joakim Noah, Chicago, 5; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 3; Al Jefferson, Utah, 3; Kendrick Perkins, Boston-Oklahoma City, 3; Andrea Bargnani, Toronto, 2; Chris Bosh, Miami, 2; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 1; Emeka Okafor, New Orleans, 1; Eric Gordon, L.A. Clippers, 1; Gerald Wallace, Charlotte-Portland, 1; Jason Kidd, Dallas, 1; Luis Scola, Houston, 1; Luol Deng, Chicago, 1; Ray Allen, Boston, 1