Every NBA season, “All NBA Teams” are chosen based on votes made by a panel of sports broadcasters & newswriters. It’s a given that they’ll miss the mark per occasion – like when Tyson Chandler won DPOY honors, yet found himself on the All Defensive Second Team listing, or when the same thing happened to Marc Gasol the following year – but last year’s All NBA Teams showed how the current system is flawed.
All NBA Teams insist on following the standard lineup, with two guards, two forwards, and a center. If this was a set rule that applied to every end-of-season NBA ranking system, this would be acceptable, but this is not the case. The 2014 All Rookie First Team featured a total of four guards and one forward. The 2012 All Rookie First Team, which featured a grand total of seven players due to ties, included five guards and two forwards. Perhaps the biggest head scratcher would be the 2014 All Rookie Second Team, which included a ridiculous four centers and one forward – not a single guard. Since the standard lineup rule doesn’t seem to be a general application, why should it only exist on the pinnacle All NBA Team? Why is DeAndre Jordan (who should be under Boogie and Andre Drummond in the first place), a center, on the first team over Kevin Durant?
Look, I get it. There’s a TON of talent in the NBA today. Enough talent, in fact, for all 15 players chosen to be deserving of an All NBA Team mention. However, some of this year’s snubs are absolutely absurd. James Harden, who is number one on the All NBA Snub Team, got more votes than LaMarcus Aldridge did! If the NBA wasn’t jam-packed with talented guards, Harden easily could have received a mention, which doesn’t sit well with me. It’s time to abolish the restrictions between position and to honor those who were deserving of a mention.
Anthony Davis’ slipping through the cracks was among the most unfortunate snubs. Coming off of an All NBA First Team season, Davis came into the 2015-2016 season as one of the favorites to win MVP. Much to the dismay of Davis fans, his season was cut short due to injury to his left knee. However, Davis only played seven fewer games than last season, boasted a career high in rebounding and even developed a three-point shot over the offseason. He ended the season shooting a respectable .324 percent from the three point line, which is most certainly a big step forward as a big man. Davis did not even make the Third Team, even though one writer even voted him onto the First Team this season. If he had made an All NBA Team, he would have received a $24 million bonus, which he most definitely deserved. Voters should have rewarded Davis with a spot, especially if they want to give DeAndre Jordan a First Team mention with such a low free throw percentage and PPG.
Regardless, there are snubs every season. The only problem that should be fixed involves standard lineup that All NBA Teams feature, which keeps some really good players from getting the recognition that they deserve. With all of the talent in the NBA today, the NBA should consider even adding a fourth team to the ranks. If the NBA wishes to honor its players for their regular season accolades, they MUST seek to improve their accuracy.