Members of the 2011 All-NBA Teams have been chosen. NONE are from our Phoenix Suns! This is the first time in 7 years we’ve been overlooked. Steve Nash was the only player with any votes! Between you, me and these four blog walls, I don’t see the point of these “teams.” Do they ever even play? I know, I know…sour grapes on my part.
(Courtesy of Paul Coro – Arizona Republic)
The Suns do not have a representative on the All-NBA teams for the first time since 2004 and only the fifth time since the league began honoring a third team in 1989.
Guard Steve Nash was the only Suns player to receive votes but his 17 voting points (no first-team votes) were not close to the 106 points that San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili accrued to claim the final third-team guard spot. In fact, Nash finished 10th in All-NBA voting among guards behind Derrick Rose (593), Kobe Bryant (551), Dwyane Wade (392), Russell Westbrook (184), Chris Paul (157), Ginobili, Rajon Rondo (68), Tony Parker (27) and Deron Williams (19).
That is what a Suns record of 40-42 will do for you. Just ask Andre Miller or Mark Jackson. They are the only other NBA assist champions to be left off the All-NBA teams since the third team was added in 1989. Miller led the NBA in assists in 2001-02 for 29-53 Cleveland, and Jackson did it in 1996-97 when he split the season between 21-61 Denver and 39-43 Indiana.
Nash led the NBA with 11.4 assists per game but Rondo and Williams finished second and third and also did not make the teams.
Former Suns star Amar’e Stoudemire was a second-team All-NBA selection as a center. It is Stoudemire’s fifth career All-NBA honor, including three second-team selections and one first-team honor with the Suns. Each time, he has been classified as a center.
Rose, the league MVP, and Heat forward LeBron James headlined the first team. James was the only unanimous selection, receiving all 119 first-place votes. Also named to the first team were Bryant, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Magic center Dwight Howard.
Joining Stoudemire on the second team are Wade, Westbrook, Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.
The third team consists of Ginobili, Paul, Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph and the Hawks center Al Horford.