The All-NBA Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. The voting is conducted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The team has been selected in every season of the league's existence, dating back to its inaugural season in 1946. The All-NBA Team originally had two teams, but since 1988 it is typically composed of three five-man lineups—a first, second, and third team.
Players receive five points for a first team vote, three points for a second team vote, and one point for a third team vote. The five players with the highest point totals make the first team, with the next five making the second team and so forth. In the case of a tie at the fifth position of any team, the roster is expanded. If the first team consists of six players due to a tie, the second team will still consist of five players with the potential for more expansion in the event of additional ties. A tie has occurred only once, in 1952, when Bob Davies and Dolph Schayes tied in votes received. From 1946 to 1955, players were selected without regard to position; however, since 1956, each team has consisted of two guards, two forwards, and one center.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and LeBron James hold the record for the most total selections with fifteen. Karl Malone and Shaquille O'Neal follow with fourteen total honors, while Schayes, Bob Cousy, Jerry West, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dirk Nowitzki have twelve selections. James has the most All-NBA first team honors with twelve, while Malone and Bryant are tied for second-most with eleven.
|^||Denotes players who are still active in the NBA|
|*||Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player has been selected|
(in bold text)
|Indicates the player who won the NBA Most Valuable Player in the same year[a]|
1946–47 to 1954–55Edit
From the 1946–47 season to 1954–55 season, the All-NBA Team was composed of two teams, each with five roster spots, except when there were ties. During this period, players were selected without regard to position.
1955–56 to 1987–88Edit
From the 1955–56 season to 1987–88 season, the All-NBA Team was composed of two teams, each with five roster spots, except when there were ties. During this time, players were selected with regard to position; they are listed according to position in the following descending order: two forwards, one center and two guards.
1988–89 to presentEdit
Since the 1988–89 season, the All-NBA Team has been composed of three teams, each with five roster spots, except when there are ties. Players are selected with regard to position; they are listed according to position in the following descending order: two forwards, one center and two guards.
The following table only lists players with at least ten total selections.
|*||Denotes players inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|^||Denotes players who are still active|
|Player||Total||First team||Second team||Third team||MVP||Seasons played|
- a The Most Valuable Player award was first established in 1956.
- b Before the 1971–72 season, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
- c When Olajuwon arrived in the United States, the University of Houston incorrectly spelled his first name "Akeem". He used that spelling until March 9, 1991, when he announced that he would add an H.
- d Ron Artest changed his name into Metta World Peace on September 16, 2011.
- e Amar'e Stoudemire's first name had previously been spelled incorrectly as "Amaré" or "Amare" since joining the NBA, but was changed to "Amar'e" in October 2008.
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