LeBron top vote-getter on All-NBA first team

Updated: May 18, 2006, 1:55 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was the leading vote-getter on the All-NBA first team, which included Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash.

2005-06 All-NBA Teams
2005-06 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
Position Player (1st-place votes) Points
Forward LeBron James, Cleveland (116) 610
Forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (105) 584
Center Shaquille O'Neal, Miami (45) 402
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (110) 597
Guard Steve Nash, Phoenix (106) 583
2005-06 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
Forward Elton Brand, L.A. Clippers (15) 309
Forward Tim Duncan, San Antonio (17) 277
Center Ben Wallace, Detroit (44) 363
Guard Chauncey Billups, Detroit (21) 378
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (13) 373
2005-06 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
Forward Shawn Marion, Phoenix (4) 270
Forward Carmelo Anthony, Denver 97
Center Yao Ming, Houston (30) 261
Guard Allen Iverson, Philadelphia (1) 104
Guard Gilbert Arenas, Washington 79

Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki and Miami center Shaquille O'Neal rounded out the first team, announced Wednesday by the league.

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 Houston.


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