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Stephen Curry, Draymond Green & Klay Thompson Named to 2015-16 All-NBA Team
First Warriors Trio Named All-NBA Since 1955-56; Curry A Unanimous First Team Selection
Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have been named to the 2015-16 All-NBA Team.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson have been named to the 2015-16 All-NBA Team, with Curry earning First Team honors, Green garnering Second Team accolades and Thompson receiving Third Team recognition, the NBA announced today. The three players are the first Warriors trio to be named to the All-NBA team since Paul Arizin (First Team), Neil Johnston (First Team) and Jack George (Second Team) all earned the honor in 1955-56. Curry is the first Warrior to be named to three-straight All-NBA teams since Chris Mullin (four-straight from 1988-92) and the first to earn consecutive First Team accolades since Rick Barry (three-straight from 1973-76).
Curry, Green and Thompson helped lead the Warriors to an NBA-record 73 wins in 2015-16 (73-9, .890), eclipsing the previous mark of 72 wins set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors saw a six-game improvement in the win column in 2015-16 and joined the Bulls as the only teams in NBA history to earn at least 65 wins in consecutive campaigns.
Curry, who was the first player in NBA history to be unanimously selected as the league’s Most Valuable Player, was the only player to earn a unanimous selection to the All-NBA First Team. The reigning back-to-back MVP earned his third career All-NBA honor and second-straight First Team selection after appearing in 79 games (all starts) and averaging a league-leading 30.1 points to go with 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds and a league-best 2.14 steals in 34.2 minutes. Curry, who broke his own NBA record by hitting 402 three-pointers, shot 50.4 percent from the field and 45.4 percent from three-point range (third in the NBA) while leading the league in free throw percentage (.908), becoming just the seventh player in NBA history to hit at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the line while qualifying for the league minimums in all three categories, joining Steve Nash as the only players to hit 50/45/90 over the course of an entire campaign. The 28-year-old guard also led the league in Player Efficiency Rating (31.56), true shooting percentage (.669) and offensive rating (116.7) and posted more games with at least 30 points (40), 40 points (13) and 50 points (3) than any player in the league.
Green, who received First Team All-Defensive honors for the second-straight season, appeared in 81 games (all starts) and tallied career highs of 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists (seventh in the NBA) in 34.7 minutes, earning his first career All-NBA selection. Green is the first player to average at least 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists since Grant Hill in 1996-97, adding 1.47 steals and 1.40 blocks while hitting a career-best from the field (.490) and from three-point range (.388). A first-time NBA All-Star in 2015-16, Green set the franchise-record for single-season triple-doubles with 13, besting Tom Gola’s mark of nine set in 1959-60.
Thompson appeared in 80 games (all starts) and averaged a career-high 22.1 points to go with 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 33.3 minutes, earning his second career All-NBA selection after a Third Team nod in 2014-15. The fifth-year guard shot a career-best 47.0 percent from the field while ranking fifth in the league in three-point percentage (.425), hitting a career-best 276 three-pointers (third-most in Warriors history). Thompson earned his second career All-Star selection and edged out Curry to win the Three-Point Contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Toronto.
The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in 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. Voters were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes.
2015-16 NBA ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
|Forward||LeBron James, Cleveland||637|
|Forward||Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio||575|
|Center||DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers||317|
|Guard||Stephen Curry, Golden State||645|
|Guard||Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City||627|
2015-16 NBA ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
|Forward||Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City||452|
|Forward||Draymond Green, Golden State||431|
|Center||DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento||277|
|Guard||Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers||353|
|Guard||Damian Lillard, Portland||217|
2015-16 NBA ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
|Forward||Paul George, Indiana||157|
|Forward||LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio||103|
|Center||Andre Drummond, Detroit||173|
|Guard||Klay Thompson, Golden State||164|
|Guard||Kyle Lowry, Toronto||155|
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): James Harden, Houston, 106; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 84; Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 76 (1); Al Horford, Atlanta, 76 (2); Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota, 44; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 26; Hassan Whiteside, Miami, 24 (1); Isaiah Thomas, Boston, 20; Pau Gasol, Chicago, 16 (2); Jimmy Butler, Chicago, 12; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 8; John Wall, Washington, 7; Kemba Walker, Charlotte, 6; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 3; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 3; Dwight Howard, Houston, 3; Carmelo Anthony, New York, 2; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 2; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 1; Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, 1; Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 1; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 1.
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