By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 5, 2014
The NBA's first team was recently voted on, and some of the selections might surprise you. This slideshow will make the case for all of the selections, but it will also try to make sense of the other developments that happened during the voting. This list is a little bit lacking on the defensive end; that is mainly due to James Harden. You know that the chicks dig the long ball though, and in the NBA that stands for the three point shot. Enjoy.
It is not a hard case to make. LeBron James is the best player in the league, and it is a travesty that he was not selected unanimously. However, Kevin Durant is the only player who can claim that this year, but the MVP of the league probably wishes he was still in the playoffs.
Joakim Noah was rightfully selected to the first team, and that might cause Dwight Howard a bit of stress. Noah deserved the honor, and that is mainly due to the way the center led the Chicago Bulls during the postseason.
Chris Paul deserves quite a lot of credit, and not just for the way that he played basketball this season. The point guard's leadership during the Donald Sterling saga was huge; it might have played a part in his selection to the first team, but leading the league in steals probably does not hurt either.
James Harden's offensive numbers speak volumes, but it is his defense that gives me pause at this point in his career. If he can right that part of his game, then the Houston Rockets could be in contention next season.
Kevin Durant was the only member of the first team selected unanimously, which probably rubbed LeBron James the wrong way. Durant was this year's MVP though, and his numbers could jump up even more next season.
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