And the winners are ...
The final regular-season Friday has arrived. So have the year-end ballots from the league office.
You know what that means.
Instead of a report card to sum up the NBA's third trimester, as seen after the first two trimesters, we'll share all our votes with you before turning them in for real before the 3 p.m. deadline on Tax Day.
Here goes ...
Stein's ballot 1. Kevin Garnett, Minnesota 2. Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana 3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 4. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 5. Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento October prediction: Duncan
Stein's ballot 1. Jerry Sloan, Utah 2. Hubie Brown, Memphis 3. Rick Carlisle, Indiana October prediction: Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers
Stein's ballot 1. LeBron James, Cleveland 2. Carmelo Anthony, Denver 3. Dwyane Wade, Miami October prediction: James
Stein's ballot 1. Andrei Kirilenko, Utah 2. Carlos Boozer, Cleveland 3. Brian Cardinal, Golden State October prediction: Eddy Curry, Chicago
Stein's ballot 1. Antawn Jamison, Dallas 2. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio 3. Al Harrington, Indiana October prediction: Jamison
Stein's ballot 1. Ron Artest, Indiana 2. Andrei Kirilenko, Utah 3. Bruce Bowen, San Antonio October prediction: Gary Payton, L.A. Lakers
The league asks us to vote for any five players and a coach. I like to vote by position, or as close as possible, to keep it in the same family with the All-NBA Team. Thusly again:
F Rick Fox, L.A. Lakers F Shane Battier, Memphis C Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana G Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers G Steve Nash, Dallas Coach: Flip Saunders, Minnesota