NEW YORK, May 13, 2009 – LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the
2008-09 Most Valuable Player presented by Kia Motors, was a unanimous
selection to the 2008-09 All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced today.
Joining James on the First Team are Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers,
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks
and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.

Kobe Bryant
James, who earns First Team honors for the second straight season, ranked
second in the NBA in scoring (28.4 ppg), eighth in steals (1.69 spg) and
10th in assists (7.2 apg) to go along with averages of 7.6 rebounds and
1.1 blocks. James guided the Cavaliers to a franchise-best 66-16 record
overall and a 39-2 mark at home, both tops in the league. James was named
the Eastern Conference Player of the Month four times (November, January,
March, April), tying Kevin Garnett (2003-04) as the only players to
receive the award four times in one season since the NBA began voting for
Eastern and Western Conference Player of the Month separately.

Bryant, the 2007-08 Most Valuable Player presented by Kia Motors, finished
third in the league in scoring (26.8 ppg), while averaging 5.2 rebounds
and 4.9 assists. Bryant led the Lakers to a Western Conference-best 65-17
record. Bryant earns his fourth straight First Team selection and seventh
overall. Among active players, only Tim Duncan (nine) and Shaquille O’Neal
(eight) have more First Team selections.

Howard, an All-NBA First Team selection for the second consecutive season,
led the NBA in rebounding (13.8 rpg) and blocks (2.9 bpg), becoming only
the fourth player to pace the league in both categories since 1973-74, the
first season where blocks were kept as an official statistic. Howard led
the Magic in scoring (20.6 ppg), while shooting .572 from the field. His
63 double-doubles ranked second in the league (David Lee, New York, 65).

Earning his fourth First Team selection, Nowitzki was the league’s
fourth-leading scorer (25.9 ppg), while also averaging 8.4 rebounds. His
.890 free throw percentage ranked seventh overall. Nowitzki finished the
season by scoring at least 20 points in 25 straight games, the longest
such streak in the NBA this season.

Wade earns his first All-NBA First Team selection after ranking first in
scoring (30.2 ppg), second in steals (1.7 spg) and eighth in assists (6.7
apg). He also averaged 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Wade became only the
fifth player in league history to reach 2,000 points, 500 assists, and 150
steals in a single season, as well as the only player under 6-foot,
4-inches to register 100 blocks since they became an official stat in the
1973-74 season.

The All-NBA Second Team consists of New Orleans’ Chris Paul and Portland’s
Brandon Roy at guard, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Boston’s Paul Pierce at
forward, and Houston’s Yao Ming at center.

Pau GasolThe All-NBA Third Team includes Denver’s Chauncey Billups and San
Antonio’s Tony Parker at guard, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and the Los
Angeles Lakers’ Paul Gasol at forward, and Phoenix’s Shaquille O’Neal at

The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 122 sportswriters and
broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for
All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a
5-3-1 basis.

Below are the results of the voting for the 2008-09 All-NBA Teams, with
First Team votes in parentheses:

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward LeBron James, Cleveland (122) 610
Forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (35) 383
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando (116) 598
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (119) 604
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (103) 572

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward Tim Duncan, San Antonio (39) 378
Forward Paul Pierce, Boston (27) 330
Center Yao Ming, Houston (8) 354
Guard Brandon Roy, Portland 189
Guard Chris Paul, New Orleans (32) 424

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward Carmelo Anthony, Denver (2) 116
Forward Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers (2) 165
Center Shaquille O’Neal, Phoenix 68
Guard Chauncey Billups, Denver 131
Guard Tony Parker, San Antonio (1) 158

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first team votes in
parentheses): Deron Williams, Utah, 105; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 72; Chris
Bosh, Toronto, 56; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 36, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City,
34; Danny Granger, Indiana, 25; David West, New Orleans, 12; Mo Williams,
Cleveland, 10; Al Jefferson, Minnesota, 8; Steve Nash, Phoenix, 7; Antawn
Jamison, Washington, 7; Ray Allen, Boston, 6; Nene, Denver, 6; Devin
Harris, New Jersey, 5; LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland, 4; David Lee, New
York, 4; Rajon Rondo, Boston, 2; Vince Carter, New Jersey, 1; Paul
Millsap, Utah, 1; O.J. Mayo, Memphis, 1; Mehmet Okur, Utah, 1; Jermaine
O’Neal, Miami, 1; Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando, 1; Derrick Rose, Chicago, 1;
Caron Butler, Washington, 1; Carlos Boozer, Utah, 1; Andre Miller,
Philadelphia, 1; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 1.

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