McGrady, Yao selected to All-NBA second team
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Rockets.com Staff Writer
HOUSTON -- Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, who guided the Rockets to their best regular season in a decade, were rewarded for their efforts Thursday by being selected to the All-NBA second team.
The duo became the second set of teammates in franchise history to be honored on an All-NBA team in the same season, following Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon in 1995. Drexler and Olajuwon earned third team honors in that season.
McGrady, a seven-time All-Star, had arguably his best all-around season in his decade-long career. He averaged 24.6 points and a career-best 6.5 assists. Despite coming into the season with questions regarding his back, McGrady was responsible for igniting Houston's offense as the team's leading playmaker. He carried the Rockets over a two-month period when Yao was out with injury, leading Houston to a 22-10 record.
McGrady, who became the third youngest player in NBA history to collect 14,000 points and 4,000 rebounds in his career this season, was selected to an All-NBA team for the sixth time in his career and second time with the Rockets.
"This is my sixth time being voted to one of the All-NBA teams and it's always an honor to get voted in as one of the league's top players at your position," McGrady said. "Our league is stacked with a lot of great players and I'm grateful to be included among a great group of guys."
Yao, meanwhile, emerged as one of the league's most dominating big men despite missing almost two months of the season with a fractured bone below his right knee. The five-time All-Star center averaged a career-best 25.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.96 blocks in his fifth season.
After capping off a dominating run in November, Yao was named the Western Conference's Player of the Month for the first time in his career. He was selected to his third All-NBA team, earning his highest selection this season.
"I am honored to be named to the second-team All-NBA this year," Yao said. " I worked very hard this year to improve my game and it feels good to know that other people feel I've improved. Last year, I was voted to the third team, so I guess I'm getting better."
The All-NBA teams were selected by the media and members from each of the league's team who regularly cover the NBA.