LeBron James and Russell Westbrook highlight the 2017 All-NBA First Team. Joining them are Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and James Harden, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Harden was a unanimous selection, receiving 100 votes for the first team, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. James and Westbrook each received 99 out of 100 first-place votes while Leonard received 96. Davis just made the cut with 45, beating out Rudy Gobert.
Gobert, Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant and Isaiah Thomas comprised the second team. Gobert received 43 first-place votes. Durant was given three while Curry was given only one.
Finally, Draymond Green, John Wall, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan and DeAndre Jordan rounded out the third team. Green received four first-place votes while Jordan received three.
Due to their All-NBA appearances, Westbrook, Harden, Wall and Curry are all eligible to sign the designated player veteran extension this July, according to Bobby Marks of The Vertical.
Leonard will be eligible next summer.
However, perhaps the most significant news to take from this is that neither Paul George nor Gordon Hayward made any of the All-NBA teams, meaning that the Indiana Pacers and the Utah Jazz — their respective teams — can’t sign them to five-year, $207-million super max contracts, per Wojnarowski.
George only received 50 voting points while Hayward received just 27.
Four of the five members of the first team are considered the top Most Valuable Player candidates: Westbrook, Harden, James and Leonard are all in the running, with former teammates Westbrook and Harden coming at the top of most people’s lists.