The Oklahoma City Thunder's 22-year-old tandem of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were both All-Stars this season, and they remained inseparable as All-NBA selections.
Durant was voted to the first team for the second straight year, while Westbrook made his debut as a second-team choice.
Miami forward LeBron James was the only unanimous selection by the panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NBA. Also picked for the first team were Chicago point guard and league Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, Orlando center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
Joining Westbrook on the second team are Miami guard Dwyane Wade, Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, New York center Amar'e Stoudemire and Lakers forward Pau Gasol,
The third team consists of New Orleans point guard Chris Paul, San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili, Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Memphis forward Zach Randolph and Atlanta center Al Horford.
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, who was traded from Boston to the Thunder at the Feb. 24 trade deadline, received votes totaling three points. Points are awarded on a 5-3-1 basis, which means Perkins either got one second-team vote, or three third-team votes.
Ballots were due the first week of April, which means Perkins would have received vote(s) after playing 25 total games at the time – 12 with the Celtics and 13 with the Thunder.
This season, Durant became the 11th player in NBA history to win back-to-back scoring titles, leading the league with a 27.7 average and five 40-point games.
Durant also was a two-time NBA Player of the Month (December and April). His 8,128 career points in just four seasons is a total exceeded only by James among active players.
Westbrook became only the fifth player in NBA history to record 4,000 points, 1,500 assists and 1,000 rebounds through his first three seasons — the others being James, Paul, Anfernee Hardaway and Oscar Robertson.
Westbrook had three triple-doubles this season (tied for 2nd most in the NBA) and 31 double-doubles. He was voted NBA Player of the Week four times.
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