The All-NBA first, second and third teams were announced today, and Kevin Love was included on the second team. After missing much of the 2012-13 season due to injury, this is the second time Love has been 2nd team All-NBA after also earning that honor in 2011-12.
Love received two first team votes and 237 points overall. The teams are listed below, but first, some brief commentary.
Outside of James Harden, it’s hard to argue with that first team, especially since the NBA is still in the business of picking one specific player for each position for this particular award (Similar to how MLB hands out it’s Gold Glove awards; obviously nearly all center fielders are better at fielding than the best left fielders, but we have to give an award to an outfielder with middling outfield defense anyways.) instead of simply selecting the best five players.
Based solely on the 2013-14 season, as this award is, Harden should not have made the team over Stephen Curry, or even Tony Parker for that matter. Love is better than Joakim Noah, of course, but did not fulfill the ‘center’ requirement on the ballot. And Noah is easily the best choice for a true center on the first team.
The guards on the third team could be quibbled with a bit, although injury issues to Russell Westbrook helped open the door for both Goran Dragic and Damian Lillard. Not bad options, to be sure, but Toronto’s Kyle Lowry should have made the team over Lillard.
Here are the teams: