April 16, 2014

Zach Lowe All-NBA teams (2014)

Zach Lowe | I’ve cheated a little and moved Paul George into a guard spot, though he and Lance Stephenson switch assignments defensively just enough that I’m not sweating it. Regardless: The league should consider moving to a point guard / wing / big man set of positional designations. Point guard play on both ends is its own unique thing, while shooting guards and small forwards are interchangeable on most teams. The gap between power forward and center can be larger, but most teams still play two at least semitraditional big men, and there is much cross-matching between the two positions. Watch the Grizz, and you’ll often see opponents use their center to defend Zach Randolph while the power forward takes Marc Gasol.

FIRST TEAM

Forward | LeBron James, Heat

Forward | Kevin Durant, Thunder

Forward | Joakim Noah, Bulls

Guard | Stephen Curry, Warriors

Guard | James Harden, Rockets


SECOND TEAM

Forward | Kevin Love, Timberwolves

Forward | Blake Griffin, Clippers

Center | Dwight Howard, Rockets

Guard | Chris Paul, Clippers

Guard | Goran Dragic, Suns


THIRD TEAM

Forward | Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks

Forward | Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Center | Al Jefferson, Bobcats

Guard | Kyle Lowry, Raptors

Guard | Paul George, Pacers


AWARDS

Most Valuable Player | Kevin Durant, Thunder

2. LeBron James, Heat
3. Stephen Curry, Warriors
4. Joakim Noah, Bulls
5. Blake Griffin, Clippers

Defensive Player of the Year | Joakim Noah, Bulls

2. Roy Hibbert, Pacers
3. Paul George, Pacers

Sixth Man of the Year | Taj Gibson, Bulls

2. Manu Ginobili, Spurs
3. Markieff Morris, Suns

Coach of the Year | Gregg Popovich, Spurs

2. Tom Thibodeau, Bulls
3. Jeff Hornacek, Suns

Most Improved Player | Goran Dragic, Suns

2. DeMarcus Cousins, Kings
3. Markieff Morris, Suns

Rookie of the Year | Victor Oladipo, Magic

2. Michael Carter-Williams, 76ers
3. Mason Plumlee, Nets


ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS

First team | Tim Duncan (Spurs), Paul George (Pacers), Joakim Noah (Bulls), Jimmy Butler (Bulls), Andre Iguodala (Warriors)

Second team | Serge Ibaka (Thunder), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Roy Hibbert (Pacers), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves)


ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS

First team | Michael Carter-Williams (76ers), Victor Oladipo (Magic), Mason Plumlee (Nets), Trey Burke (Jazz), Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves)

Second team | Nick Calathes (Grizzlies), Tim Hardaway Jr. (Knicks), Steven Adams (Thunder), Kelly Olynyk (Celtics), Cody Zeller (Bobcats)

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