In what has been somewhat of a banner year for Los Angeles professional sports, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Clippers off-season acquisition PG Chris Paul were both named to the All-NBA first team selections Thursday:
— NBA (@NBA) May 24, 2012
The first team selection is the sixth consecutive for Bryant and ninth in his career. Bryant, now in his sixteenth season, finished second in the NBA in scoring at 27.9 ppg and fourth in MVP voting. CP3 was previously named first team All-NBA in 2007-2008. Paul led the Clippers to the second round in the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history. The Lakers and Clippers were both eliminated in the second round of this year’s playoffs.
Other first team selections include MVP LeBron James from the Heat (4th consecutive 1st team selection), Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard. Tony Parker from the Spurs, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Lakers center Andrew Bynum were all named All-NBA second team selections.