LeBron James, Kevin Durant highlight The Oklahoman's All-NBA first team

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 13, 2013

Here is a look at The Oklahoman's 2012-13 All-NBA teams as the regular season comes to a close this week:

First Team

F LeBron James, Miami: With an NBA championship trophy finally in hand, a relaxed James is now expanding his individual dominance.

F Kevin Durant, Thunder: It has been a career season for this committed 24-year-old, who continues to improve every facet of his game.

C Tim Duncan, San Antonio: Having arguably the best season for a 36-year-old in NBA history, Duncan confirms he's one of the best ever.

G Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers: With many teammates crumbling around him, Bryant impressively excelled as he literally sacrificed his body.

G Chris Paul, LA Clippers: The best player at the most competitive position in basketball. Clippers would be fringe playoff team without him.

Second Team

F Carmelo Anthony, New York: Had a great start to the season and an even a better finish. Admitted he is playing the best ball of his career.

F David Lee, Golden State: A double-double machine (with league-leading 54 to date), Lee has helped push the Warriors up the standings.

C Marc Gasol, Memphis: No longer are his contributions being overlooked. He is a solid passer, rebounder, shooter, defender and leader.

G Tony Parker, San Antonio: His ability to penetrate, make the right decision and hit the big shots are why the Spurs are always contenders.

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Remarkable toughness and consistent improvement almost moved him past Bryant and on to the first team.

Third Team

F Blake Griffin, LA Clippers: Points, rebounds and minutes dropped for third straight season because Griffin no longer has to be Superman.

F LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland: Season can't end fast enough for the Trail Blazers. Imagine how bad Blazers would be without Aldridge.

C Brook Lopez, Brooklyn: Outstanding season after missing 61 of 66 games last year with a foot injury. Much improved defensive presence.

G Dwyane Wade, Miami: Offseason surgery cleared up his knee problem. He is shooting a career-high 51.9 percent from the field this season.

G James Harden, Houston: Had immediate impact after being traded from Thunder to Rockets. Smooth switch from Sixth Man to go-to guy.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

1. LeBron James, Miami: James seems certain to win his fourth MVP in last five years, and deservedly so. Clearly the league's top player.

2. Kevin Durant, Thunder: Durant's time as MVP will come some day. It nearly came this season, particularly with his 50-40-90 quest.

3. Chris Paul, LA Clippers: The Clippers aren't nearly as scary without Paul, going 6-6 when he sat. Has NBA's third-best efficiency rating.

4. Tim Duncan, San Antonio: Having one of his most efficient seasons in a decade. He remains a force and is main reason Spurs still excel.

5. Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers: In his 17th season, Bryant remained the Lakers' main man while somehow averaging a career-best 6.0 assists.

ALL-DEFENSE

First Team

F LeBron James, Miami: It's good to be the King in just about every way imaginable, and that includes being a quality defender.

F Andre Iguodala, Denver: One of the league's premier perimeter defenders, he is now surrounded by fine complement of players.

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