Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jockicforward for the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo and shooting guard for the Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncićwere featured on the League’s All-NBA team announced Tuesday night.
Jokic, the 2021-22 NBA Most Valuable Player, was not the one who got the most votes. That honor went to Antetokounmpo, who received the 100 first-team votes in one of the forward spots.
Jokic and the center of the Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embid, who finished second in the MVP voting, split the votes as the first-team center. Both players were eligible as small forwards and some voters opted to put both players on the first team that way.
Antetokounmpo was the only unanimous selection and becomes the first player in the past 50 years to be a unanimous All-NBA first-team selection in four consecutive seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Doncic had his third first-team nomination before his 24th birthday and became only the third player to do so by joining Kevin DurantTim Duncan and Max Zaslofsky.
Joining Jokic, Antetokounmpo and Doncic on the first team was Boston Celtics forward, Jayson Tatumand shooting guard for the Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker. According to the League, it is the first time the first team has been made up entirely of players aged 27 or younger since 1954-55.
It was the first selection to the first team for both players and the first for Booker overall. Tatum made the All-NBA Third Team in 2019-20.
Tatum is the first Celtics player to make the All-NBA First Team since Kevin Garnett in 2007-08 and the youngest Celtics player to make the All-NBA First Team since Larry Bird in 1979-80. While Embiid held the team’s second center spot, the guard spots went to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies and the small forward spots were Durant and DeMar DeRozan of Chicago Bulls. The third team was made up of the Phoenix Suns guard, Chris-PaulAtlanta Hawks guard Bring Youngthe Los Angeles Lakers forward, Lebron Jamesthe Toronto Raptors forward, Pascal Siakam and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.
James picked up his 18th All-NBA selection, extending his own NBA record for the most all-time ahead of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan with 15. James also becomes the first player to make the All-NBA team in his 19th season or later.
Paul joined Bryant as the only shooting guards to make an All-NBA team after his 17th season or later.
With Booker and Towns making the All-NBA teams, both are eligible to sign four-year, $211 million super-max extensions this summer that would begin in the 2024-25 seasons. Extensions would start at $47.1 million that season and peak at $58.4 million in 2027-28.
Young’s selection also means his already-signed rookie max extension increases from $176.9 million to $212.3 million. The additional $6.1 million in 2022-23, which raises his salary cap from $30.5 million to $36.6 million, pushes the Hawks to $7.8 million above the luxury tax.
They could sink if they give up Danilo Gallinari. The $21.5 million forward contract is guaranteed for $4.5 million and the balance will be protected on July 29.
Even though Morant made it to the All-NBA, he is not eligible for the five-year, $223 million rookie extension this offseason. He is eligible for a five-year, $186 million extension, but it would increase to $223 million if he makes the 2022-23 All-NBA team next season.
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Jokic, Giannis and Doncic lead the All-NBA Team