All-NBA first-team predictions

A global panel of 100 NBA sportswriters and broadcasters is currently selecting their picks for this years All-NBA first-team, second, and third team.

Now, to give you a little more information on the process for the global panel.

The qualified sportswriters choose players on a ballot consisting of players that performed well enough during the regular season to qualify for an All-NBA team selection. 

Each player gets rewarded 5 points per first-team selection, three points per second-team selection, and one point for every third-team piece.

Here is a prediction for what you should expect to see once the first-team selections are revealed.

Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo

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After a stellar season, I’m almost sure that Giannis Antetokounmpo will have yet another All-NBA first-team selection. Antetokounmpo is seeking his fourth consecutive selection for the All-NBA first-team.

This will be his sixth overall time making an All-NBA team, with him making the second All-NBA team 2016-2018.

On the season, Antetokounmpo averaged 30.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, & 5.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, and 1.4 BPG. He increased his stats in roughly every category from last season. Antetokoumpo is also the first person in NBA history to average this stat line in multiple seasons. 

Overall, Antetokounmpo has elevated his play this season to yet another level. He has proven he’s more than deserving of another All-NBA first-team selection. . 

Center: Nikola Jokic

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Nikola Jokic is seeking a third All-NBA first-team selection, and he’s definitely made a case to claim the center spot. 

For starters, on the season, Jokic has been averaging 27.1 PPG, 13.8 RPG, and 7.9 APG. Additionally, Jokic led the NBA with a player efficiency rating of 32.8%. This is his second consecutive year leading the league. 

Lastly, Jokic secured the Nuggets a playoff spot with his elite play this season, as the Nuggets clinched the 6th seed. This was done without arguably his best teammates, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. 

Jokic is more than worthy of his third All-NBA first-team selection, and it will not be surprising to see him achieve this accomplishment.

Guard: Luka Doncic

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After only being in the league for four seasons, the Slovenian star Luka Doncic looks to headline his third consecutive first-team All-NBA.

Doncic made a better case this year why he’s deserving of an All-NBA first-team selection for many reasons.

For starters, the season averages across the border have increased for Doncic. He’s averaging 28.5 PPG, 8.7 APG, and 9.1 RPG. In addition to that, Doncic helped the Dallas Mavericks clinch a 4 seed for the playoffs. 

Doncic also wrote his name in Dallas Mavericks’ history this season, as he scored 51 points against the Clippers. This was the second-highest single-game point total in Mavericks’ history.

Doncic is worthy of another All-NBA first-team selection. It will be intriguing to see if he notches this achievement for a third consecutive year.

Guard: Devin Booker

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Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns seeks the first-ever All-NBA team selection of his young career. 

Booker is in consideration for this award for many reasons, as he averaged 26.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 4.8 APG on the season.

Additionally, Booker helped his team finish the regular season with a franchise-record win total of 64 regular-season wins. The shooting guard played a massive role in the Phoenix Suns’ success this season.

At one point in the season, Booker even went on a stretch going for 37.3 PPG on 58.1% FG and 42.9% 3P%.

Overall, Booker is worthy of his first All-NBA first-team selection. He rose his play to another tier this season. 

Forward: Jayson Tatum

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Another person deserving of their first-ever All-NBA first-team selection is Jayson Tatum, who had a phenomenal season.

Tatum has made the All-NBA third-team back in the 2019-2020 season but has never appeared on any team higher. This will potentially change after his play this past regular season. 

For starters, on the season, Tatum averaged 26.9 PPG, 8.0 RPG, and 4.4 APG for the Boston Celtics.

Tatum also helped his team secure the 2 seed for the eastern conference playoffs. This was the Celtics’ best finish since 2017-2018 when they made it to the conference finals as a 2 seed

The Celtics achieved this seeding by going 17-5 over the final 22 games of the season. Over the 22-game stretch, Tatum averaged 27.5 PPG.

In conclusion, Tatum is worthy of his first All-NBA first-team selection. He raised his game from star status to superstar status this past season.

Wrap-up

Some of the players will seek their first-ever All-NBA first-team selection, and some players are seeking this award for consecutive seasons. It will be very intriguing to see if these five players will be headlining the All-NBA first-team.

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