Curry, James named first-team All-NBA
NEW YORK, (AP):
Stephen Curry has knocked down another honour. The deadeye point guard, who led the Golden State Warriors to a record 73 wins in the regular season, was named to the All-NBA First Team yesterday. The league's MVP was the only player named on all 129 ballots in voting by a panel of writers and broadcasters.
Curry was joined on the first team by Cleveland's LeBron James, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan.
James is a First-Team choice for the 10th time in 13 seasons. Curry is on the first team for the second straight year, while Westbrook, Leonard and Jordan are among the top five for the first time.
The media voted for the teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis. Voters were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one centre for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly.
Curry averaged 30.1 points to lead the league and set a record by making 402 3-pointers. He also shot over 90 per cent from the free-throw line while averaging 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds. He joined Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Steve Nash as the only guards to win MVP in back-to-back seasons.
James joins Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Tim Duncan, Bob Pettit and Jerry West as 10-time first-team selections, one behind the record shared by Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone.