The NBA announced the three All-NBA teams today and no Pelican made a team. Anthony Davis finished the closest with 40 total points, including a first place vote, in the group of five players that would have made the mythical Fourth Team All-NBA along with John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Carmelo Anthony and Tim Duncan.
The First Team All-NBA included (listed by votes) Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Joakim Noah, Chris Paul and James Harden. The second team was Steph Curry, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, and Tony Parker and the third team was Al Jefferson, Paul George, LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Goran Dragic.
The first place vote Davis received came from Nuggets broadcaster and Altitude Sports and Entertainment’s Scott Hastings and was actually for first team All-NBA center. Davis also earned two second team forward votes, two second team center votes, 17 third team forward votes and six third team center votes.
There are definitely arguments for Davis as a third team player over Jefferson but it seems logical to assume that the Pelicans lack of success and the Bobcats surprising playoff berth behind Jefferson played a large part in the decision. Jefferson was probably also helped by the fact that voting had to come in with two guards, two forwards and a center. The fact that Davis played more of his minutes at power forward, and that the Pelicans brass constantly talks him up as a power forward, probably hurt him in that regard as Jefferson was almost always the center for the Bobcats. It again points to the problems with the way the NBA awards are voted on, if the ballot was big instead of center Davis would have potentially either made a team or came much closer.
Either way this seems like one of the last times Davis won’t make one of the All-NBA teams as some growth in his game makes it very easy to see him as a top 10 player in the league next season which would almost surely find him on one of the three teams.
Voting results can be found here if anyone is interested.