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Nikola Jokic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander headline All-NBA First Team


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Nikola Jokic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander headline All-NBA First Team

FULL CONTROL. Nuggets center Nikola Jokic works around Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards in the playoffs.

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Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic of the Nuggets earn one of two unanimous selections in the All-NBA First Team, joining Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Just two weeks after being named MVP for the third time in five years, Denver Nuggets star big man Nikola Jokic added to his resume on Wednesday night, May 22, by landing on the All-NBA First Team for the fourth time in his career.

Jokic was one of two unanimous selections to garner first-team votes on all 99 ballots from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, joining Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum joined Jokic and Gilgeous-Alexander on the All-NBA First Team.

Also named MVP following the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons, Jokic stuffed the stat sheet again in 2023-2024, averaging 26.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 9.0 assists, and 1.4 steals across 79 games for Denver.

However, Jokic couldn’t save the Nuggets from the Timberwolves in the postseason, as Minnesota eliminated Denver in seven games in a Western Conference semifinal series.

Gilgeous-Alexander secured a spot on the First Team for the second time after propelling Oklahoma City to the top of the West. The Thunder went 57-25 to secure the No. 1 seed, but they too came up short of the conference finals, falling to Dallas in six games.

In 75 regular-season games, Gilgeous-Alexander finished with averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 assists, and 5.5 rebounds.

Doncic, Antetokounmpo, and Tatum have all established themselves as staples on the First Team, with Doncic making it five years in a row, Antetokounmpo making it six, and Tatum making it three.

There’s a chance for Doncic and Tatum to collide in the NBA Finals, if, of course, the Mavericks can beat the Timberwolves in the Western Conference finals and Boston can take care of the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics are up 1-0 on Indiana, and Dallas won its opener over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Speaking of the Timberwolves, Minnesota guard Anthony Edwards was an All-NBA Second Team selection. It marks the first time he has made an All-NBA team.

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson, Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, and Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis also made the Second Team.

The All-NBA Third Team consists of guards Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Devin Booker (Suns), and Tyrese Haliburton (Pacers), Lakers forward LeBron James and Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis.

James has made an All-NBA team in 20 consecutive seasons, a league record. 

He became the youngest player to make one of the three teams back in 2005, when he was 20, and this year’s selection made him the oldest player to ever make a team. James is currently 39. –

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