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News » The Mythical All-NBA Fourth Team

The Mythical All-NBA Fourth Team

The Mythical All-NBA Fourth Team
May 13, 2009 (The Daily Oklahoman delivered by Newstex ) --

The NBA announced its All-NBA teams today, and if there was such a thing as the All-NBA Fourth Team?the Thunders own Kevin Durant would be a card-carrying member.

Durant tallied 34 total points in the voting, which awarded players five, three and one point for each first, second or third place vote. It?would have been enough to put Durant on a fourth team alongside Deron Williams (105 points), Joe Johnson (36 points), Chris Bosh (56 points)?and Kevin Garnett (72 points).

THE ALL-NBA FIRST TEAMG Dwyane Wade, Miami HeatG Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles LakersF LeBron James, Cleveland CavaliersF Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas MavericksC Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

THE ALL-NBA SECOND TEAMG Chris Paul, New Orleans HornetsG Brandon Roy, Portland Trail BlazersF Paul Pierce, Boston CelticsF Tim Duncan, San Antonio SpursC Yao Ming, Houston Rockets

THE ALL-NBA THIRD TEAMG Tony Parker, San Antonio SpursG Chauncey Billups, Denver NuggetsF Carmelo Anthony, Denver NuggetsF Pau Gasol, Los Angeles LakersC Shaquille ONeal, Phoenix Suns

Whats interesting about the above teams is that the only players at forward who figure to be mainstays from this point on are LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. You can realistically see Durant replacing Dirk, Pierce, Duncan or Gasol as early as next season.

What itll take, though, is at least 20 more wins for the Thunder and for Durant to string together an entire season of performances similar to those he showed us every night?from January through the end of February. Durants numbers, which are already worthy of placing him on an All-NBA Team, are?likely to increase again next season and only bolster his case. But of the players on this years All-NBA Teams, Dwyane Wades Miami Heat finished with the worst record at 43-39. The Thunder finished 23-59.

A 20-game improvement for the Thunder next season is not far-fetched. And by the looks of it, neither is Durant earning his first All-NBA Team selection.


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Added: May 14, 2009


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