Harden, James headline All-NBA first team

Anthony Davis is back at the top.

It's fantastic to see what a fully healthy John Wall can do and did this season.

Additionally, James was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month twice (October/November & February) and Player of the Week four times (weeks ending October 30, November 6, December 11 & Feb. 12) this past season.

It's Wall's first All-NBA honor.

Whether or not this new wrinkle means that players who do not get selected to All-NBA teams will be more likely to be traded, or allowed to walk, is yet to be determined. "He got a vote for [All-NBA] second team", Smith said.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard are the leading finalists for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, the league announced Friday. Meanwhile the 3rd-team selection consists of Draymond Green, John Wall, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozen and DeAndre Jordan. Any of Marc Gasol, Karl-Anthony Towns, or even DeMarcus Cousins were more deserving. What is surprising is one of the 100 voters did not give James a first-team vote. Not only did the Beard get voted to the All-NBA 1st team, but he did so unanimously.

James and Westbrook were on 99 first-team ballots, and second-team on the lone other. Davis joins Cousins, Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Cliff Hagan as two-time honorees. And the lone "upset" in a series so far was fifth-seeded Utah topping the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in their first-round Western Conference matchup.

In a career already defined by gaudy numbers, Davis put together his best one yet. Boston must find a way to slow down James - who had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists - while not getting eaten up by a supporting cast, which other than Kevin Love's big game, didn't produce at its usual high rate. He recorded a career-high 22 triple-doubles, tied for the NBA's sixth-highest total in a single season.

Wall beat Golden State at home, Cleveland on the road, and hit the game winning three-pointer in the final home game of the season. Davis' player efficiency ranking was ranked fourth in the league.

"It is a great honor to be named to the All-NBA team for the first time", Wall said in a team press released.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James didn't make it, finishing outside the top three for the first time since 2008.

The game tipped off about 15 minutes after the three finalists for NBA MVP were announced, and James wasn't among them. The winners will be announced June 26 in NY during the NBA's first awards show.

The finalists for the six awards are based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.