NEW YORK, May 17 – The 2005-06 NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns highlights the All-NBA First Team as the NBA announced the 2005-06 All-NBA teams today.

Joining Nash at guard on the All-NBA First Team is 2005-06 NBA leading scorer Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks were selected at forward and Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat was selected at the center position to round out the First Team.

James led the first team in voting.
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Nash, selected to the First Team for the second straight year, averaged career highs in points (18.8), rebounds (4.2), minutes (35.5), field goal percentage (.512) and free throw percentage (.921) while dishing out a league-high 10.5 assists per game. He posted 3.3 more points per game than last season, the second-largest scoring increase following an MVP season (Larry Bird, 4.5 ppg, 1984-85).

Bryant led the NBA in scoring with 35.4 points per game while posting 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists to earn his fourth All-NBA First Team selection. He totaled 2,832 points this season, marking the seventh highest scoring season in NBA history behind only Michael Jordan (1986-88) and Wilt Chamberlain (1960-64). Bryant recorded six 50-point games this season, including the second-highest scoring game in NBA history when he tallied 81 points on Jan. 22 (Chamberlain, 100, 1961-62).

James makes his first appearance on the All-NBA First Team, leading all players in All-NBA first place votes (116) and total points (610). Behind James’ averages of 31.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists, the Cavaliers advanced to the playoffs for the first time in eight years. He joined Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Jerry West and five-time NBA MVP Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to post at least 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Making his second consecutive appearance on the All-NBA First Team, Nowitzki led the Mavericks to a 60-22 season, the second-best record in the Western Conference. He posted a career-high 26.6 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game, while recording career-high percentages from the floor (.480), from three-point range (.406) and from the free throw line (.901).

O’Neal has been selected to the All-NBA First Team for the seventh consecutive year and for the eighth time in his career. Averaging 20.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.76 blocks, the 14-year veteran led the Heat to a Southeast Division title. O’Neal shot 60 percent from the field, leading the league in field goal percentage for the ninth time in his career, tying Chamberlain for the most in league history, and becoming only the sixth player in NBA history to shoot 60 percent or better in consecutive seasons. - more -

The All-NBA Second Team consists of Detroit’s Chauncey Billups and Miami’s Dwyane Wade at the guard positions, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and the L.A. Clippers Elton Brand at the forward spots and Detroit’s Ben Wallace at the center position.

The All-NBA Third Team includes Eastern Conference guards Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers and Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards and a Western Conference frontline of Phoenix’s Shawn Marion, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and Houston’s Yao Ming.

The 126-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 30 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.

Attached are the results of the voting for the 2005-06 All-NBA Teams, with First Team votes in parentheses:
Position Player, Team 1st Points
Forward LeBron James, Cleveland (116) 610
Forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (105) 584
Center Shaquille O’Neal, Miami (45) 402
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (110) 597
Guard Steve Nash, Phoenix (106) 583

Position Player, Team 1st Points
Forward Elton Brand, L.A. Clippers (15) 309
Forward Tim Duncan, San Antonio (17) 277
Center Ben Wallace, Detroit (44) 363
Guard Chauncey Billups, Detroit (21) 378
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (13) 373

Position Player, Team 1st Points
Forward Shawn Marion, Phoenix (4) 270
Forward Carmelo Anthony, Denver 97
Center Yao Ming, Houston (30) 261
Guard Allen Iverson, Philadelphia (1) 104
Guard Gilbert Arenas, Washington 79 79

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first team votes in parentheses): Kevin Garnett, Minnesota, 94; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 66; Pau Gasol, Memphis, 49; Vince Carter, New Jersey, 47; Paul Pierce, Boston, 29; Jason Kidd, New Jersey, 20; Dwight Howard, Orlando, 11; Marcus Camby, Denver, 9; Richard Hamilton, Detroit, 9; Rasheed Wallace(1), Detroit, 8; Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland, 5; Nenad Krstic, New Jersey, 5; Ray Allen, Seattle, 4; Mehmet Okur, Utah, 4; Michael Redd, Milwaukee, 4; Brad Miller, Sacramento, 3; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 2; Sam Cassell, L.A. Clippers, 2; Mike Bibby, Sacramento, 1; Chris Bosh, Toronto, 1; Boris Diaw, Phoenix, 1; Antawn Jamison, Washington, 1; Andrei Kirilenko, Utah, 1; Chris Kaman; L.A. Clippers, 1; Chris Paul, New Orleans/Oklahoma City, 1.