The SEC came close to landing a bunch of alums on the All-NBA lists, but will instead settle for a few.
A couple members of Kentucky’s Big Blue Nation were lauded as Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans made the first team for the second time in his career and John Wall of the Washington Wizards was tabbed to the third team. In addition, former Texas A&M center DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers was chosen for the third team.
All-NBA Team results and others who received votes: pic.twitter.com/U9i9shjCkJ
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) May 18, 2017
A couple more former John Calipari players almost made it too, as Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves had the highest amount of votes for players who did not make any of the three teams. In addition, DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans ranked 19th in voting.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 18, 2017
Put another way: John Calipari and Kentucky have four of the 19 best players in the NBA today. https://t.co/hMyS15tUXI
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) May 18, 2017
Al Horford of the Boston Celtics, a Florida alum, received one vote, tying him for 28th place with two others.
Davis averaged career highs in points and rebounds, scoring 28.0 points and grabbing 11.8 rebounds per game. He also was named to the first team in 2014-15 after his third season in the league.
Davis is joined on the first team by Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs. Harden was a unanimous first-team selection. Davis edged out Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz by four points (343 points to 339) for the center spot on the first team.
Wall is a first-time All-NBA recipient after his career-high season of 23.1 points per game. His 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game this year aso were career highs.
Jordan was the first-team All-NBA center last season and this was his second All-NBA selection. His points and rebounds output was the same as last season, averaging 12.7 points and 13.8 rebounds.