Breaking Down Each Player on All-NBA Teams for 2013-14 Season

2013-14 All-NBA Teams Player-by-Player Breakdown

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The first, second and third All-NBA teams for the 2013-14 season have been announced and there are a few surprises, although most of the players recognized were deserving, even if they’re not the most common household names. There are several names left out that will ruffle some feathers as well as we break it all down.

Third Team Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
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Third Team Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge

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The Blazers’ superstar had a spectacular season, posting career-high averages in points, rebounds and assists per game. He was absolutely dominant in the first round of the playoffs when Portland ousted Houston in six games and his incredible all-around play could have arguably earned him a spot on the All-NBA second team this year instead of the third.

Third Team Forward: Paul George

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Third Team Forward: Paul George

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In his fourth NBA season, George took the next step in becoming an NBA superstar. Through Indiana’s rough patch toward the end of the season and into the playoffs, he was the consistent force driving the team and never wavered from his incredible play. He could have easily been on the All-NBA second team this year instead of the third and he’ll undoubtedly be a top-five player in the league in the coming years.

Third Team Guard: Goran Dragic

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Third Team Guard: Goran Dragic

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The primary reason why the Suns surprisingly won 48 games this year was the play of their star guard. After a solid 2012-13 campaign, Dragic broke out this season with career highs in points and rebounds per game while also keeping his assists-per-game average high at 5.9. Phoenix now has a true leader around which to build and 50 wins is not farfetched for next season because of Dragic.

Third Team Guard: Damian Lillard

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Third Team Guard: Damian Lillard

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Often overlooked, Lillard quietly had a fantastic second season as he participated in all five events during All-Star Weekend. he took a step forward from his remarkable rookie year and that led to a first-round playoff series win for Portland and the team’s only win against the eventual Western Conference champion Spurs in the second round. If the “magical third season” trend applies to Lillard, he could be MVP material in 2014.

Third Team Center: Al Jefferson

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Third Team Center: Al Jefferson

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The then-Bobcats made the postseason for the second time in franchise history primarily because they signed this guy prior to the season. After quietly going along as an overlooked star in Utah, Jefferson put his new team on his back this year with his best numbers since his Minnesota days. As the team transitions to become the Hornets, Jefferson will the the centerpiece moving forward.

Second Team Forward: Blake Griffin

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Second Team Forward: Blake Griffin

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Just when the critics starting bearing down on him again, Griffin took the next step in his career by improving his all-around play, especially when Chris Paul went down due to injury. About the time everyone was going to cap Griffin’s growth as a player, he surprised everyone by showing he’s not just an alley-oop target. If he can continue to improve next season, he could be All-NBA first team material.

Second Team Forward: Kevin Love

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Second Team Forward: Kevin Love

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As his team continued to deteriorate, Love continued to alter his game to compensate. His 26.1 points-per-game average was a career-high as were his 4.4 assists per game. Now as it become more and more obvious the 2014-15 season will be his last with the Timberwolves, everyone is waiting to see what he can do once he joins a contender as a free agent next summer.

Second Team Guard: Tony Parker

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Second Team Guard: Tony Parker

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It seemed like the Spurs’ point guard missed half the season, but he actually only sat out 14 games while putting together yet another solid, consistent campaign for San Antonio. His minutes-per-game average was the lowest since his rookie season, which makes it even more remarkable he was able to put up the numbers he did while leading the Spurs to the league’s best record.

Second Team Guard: Stephen Curry

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks
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Second Team Guard: Stephen Curry

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks
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Another year, another step forward for the Warriors’ superstar point guard. Before the season began, Curry was a dark horse pick for the MVP award and played as such for most of the season. His points and assists-per-game averages were the highest of his five-year career and the Warriors won 51 games. Now if Golden State can get a capable, healthy big man to complement Curry, he could truly be MVP material very soon.

Second Team Center: Dwight Howard

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Second Team Center: Dwight Howard

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After all the dust settled on Howard’s free agency drama, he quietly had a nice year with the Rockets. He even elevated his game in the playoffs, although LaMarcus Aldridge’s incredible play during that first-round series overshadowed it. It wasn’t an MVP-type season for Howard, but a spot on the All-NBA second team seems about right.

First Team Forward: Kevin Durant

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First Team Forward: Kevin Durant

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How can the MVP not be on the first team? In his seventh NBA season at just 25 years old, Durant continued to improve his game and his 32 points-per-game average was off the charts. He also improved his career-best assists average from 4.6 to 5.5, which was a big reason why the Thunder took the Spurs to six games in the Western Conference Finals. Now the team must make some changes to ensure Durant has the right tools to lead OKC back to the NBA

First Team Forward: LeBron James

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First Team Forward: LeBron James

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He didn’t win MVP and none of his numbers were career highs, yet King James had arguably his best NBA season yet. With Dwyane Wade missing almost 30 games, James carried the Heat at times, although for the most part Miami cruised to 54 wins. James’ value to an NBA franchise isn’t measurable and if the MVP award truly went to the most valuable player, he should have gotten it yet again.

First Team Guard: James Harden

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First Team Guard: James Harden

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The NBA is clearly an offensive league these days as Harden’s defensive “abilities” essentially force the Rockets to play four on five at that end of the floor. Of course, Harden put up 25.4 points per game and made some absolutely incredible shots throughout the course of the season while leading Houston to 54 wins in the incredibly competitive Western Conference. From that standpoint, he’s borderline first-team material. Overall, this selection

First Team Guard: Chris Paul

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers
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First Team Guard: Chris Paul

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers
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Although he missed 20 games, Paul’s assist, rebound and steal averages were the highest since his New Orleans days while his scoring was up over two points per game from 2012. This speaks to how he’s altering his game to continue to make the Clippers (who won 57 games) a better overall team. That alone is enough to put him on the All-NBA first team.

First Team Center: Joakim Noah

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First Team Center: Joakim Noah

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The league’s Defensive Player of the Year was incredible this season and was the main reason why the Bulls were relevant with Derrick Rose missing yet another season due to a knee injury. Noah posted career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals, which led to four triple-doubles over the course of the season. A player who elevates his game across the board the way Noah did this season definitely deserves a spot on the All-NBA first team.

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