James, who averaged 31.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists in leading the Cavaliers to their first playoff appearance in eight years. Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West are the only
other players in NBA history to average at least 31 points, seven
rebounds and six assists in a season.
James received 116 first-place votes and 610 total points from the panel of 126 media members.
At the age of 21 years, 138 days, James is the youngest player
in NBA history to be named to the first team. Max Zaslofsky was 21
years, five months old when he was named to the All-NBA first team
as a rookie in the 1946-47 season.
Bryant, who led the league with 35.4 points a game, was selected to the team for the fourth time. He scored 50 or more points six times this season.
Nash, who won the MVP award for the second straight season, led
the league with 10.5 assists. Nowitzki averaged a career-high 26.6
points and lead the Mavericks with 9.0 rebounds.
O'Neal made the team for the seventh straight season and the eighth overall. He averaged 20 points, 9.2 rebounds and led the league in field goal percentage (60 percent) for the ninth time, tying Wilt Chamberlain for the most all-time.
Detroit's Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace, Miami's Dwyane Wade,
San Antonio's Tim Duncan and Elton Brand of the Los Angeles
Clippers were on the second team. The third team was made up of
Philadelphia's Allen Iverson, Washington's Gilbert Arenas, Shawn Marion of Phoenix, Denver's Carmelo Anthony and Yao Ming of