It’s the end of regular season and it’s time to deliver your 2022 All NBA Teams. 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams. For making these selections. For making these selections I like to value a players impact for their teams, Individual stats and how many games they played. I gotta say, making this article was very tough and long. Especially doing the traditional 2 guards, 2 forwards and 1 center. I put a lot of thought and research to make the most accurate selections. Hope you enjoy!
All-NBA Third Team
Guard: Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns
While missing 15 games so far because of his broken thumb injury he got in February. Besides the injury, the 36 year old point god has been playing great behind lead star Devin Booker. One of the best floor general in NBA history has been lighting it up leading the league in assist with 10.7 per game while only covering 2.4 turnovers per game. Without Chris Paul, it’s safe to say that the Phoenix Suns wouldn’t have the best record in the league right now.
Guard : Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks 2022 All NBA Teams
This might be a controverisal pick putting Trae Young as the second guard. There’s tons of arguments that could be made for Donovan Mitchell, James Harden or Zach Lavine to replace Trae Young. Overall though, I think Trae Young was simply great this season. He has produced what the Hawks need compared to what his supporting cast is doing. The man is offensively dominating, Averaging 28.2 points ( 6th in the league), 9.7 assist per game ( 3rd in the league) while shooting 46/38/90. He’s the first player to ever lead the NBA in total points ( 2,155) and assist (737) since 1972-1973. The Hawks wouldn’t be in a play-in spot without Trae Young.
Forward: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers 2022 All NBA Teams
Lebron James had probably the best season ever as a 37 year old and in his 19th season. Averaging 30 points, 8.2 Rebounds, 6 Assists was simply amazing to watch. Besides his amazing idividual stat line, his team suffered terrible. Having 33-49 record and being one of the worst teams in the league after the all-star break 5-18 . The Lakers missed the playoffs and becoming biggest disappointment team in NBA history. Lebron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook couldn’t find the chemtirsy together and were rarely healthy together at the same. And a lot of circisms was on Lebron James for “making this big 3 happen”but you can’t say that Lebron James didn’t deliver his full potential on the court this season.
Forward: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
With Pascal Siakam being the primary scorer for the Toronto Raptors this season, he has delivered for them. Averaging 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assist. He’s one of six players to average 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Joining Lebron James, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antekounmpo, James Harden and Luka Doncic. He’s missed a spot in the all-star game but he’s a can’t missed forward for the Third All-NBA Team this year.
Center: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns AKA “KAT” showed he might be in the discussion as top 3 big men in the league right now. Surpassing names like Anthony Davis, Bam Adebayo and Rudy Gobert. I would to think KAT’s performances show that his game is maturing and resulting to wins for his team. Being 45-35 in the 7th seed in the Western Conference only two games behind the 6th seed, putting his team in a playoff spot since the 2017-2018 season. Not to mention is stellar offensive games he’s putting on. Dropping 60 points in a game only a couple weeks ago. Karl-Anthony Towns deserves all the kudos this season and finally takes Rudy Gobert 3 year streak as the Third All-NBA Team Center.
All NBA Second Team
Guard: Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzles
Ja Morant is special. He’s the heart and soul of the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis and Ja morant together have brought their A-game and put the league on notice. Ja’s amazing regular season performance might win him a couple MVP votes and probably Most Improved Player. Ja Morant is averaging career highs in points (27.6) Rebounds ( 5.7) and career highs in shooting with 49.3% from the field this season. While bringing his team to the 2nd seed in the West right now. Unfortunately though, missing 23 games due to injuries doesn’t help your cast. Especially when your team goes 20-3 without you. Compared to the another two guards in the All-NBA Team,I can’t see Ja Morant as one of the 1st All-NBA Guards this season.
Guard: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Beginning of the season you could say Stephan Curry was favourited in the MVP Campaign and his team was off to great start as well looking like the early favourites for a championship. Though ever since January to now the Warriors and Stephan Curry came down to earth. Mostly because injuries of Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Stephan Curry. Since the derailed of early success Stephan Curry lands himself as the All NBA second team. His stats seems good to be a top 4 guard in the league but not for his standards. The biggest eye opener is Curry’s percentage from the field and the 3-point. 43.7% from the field and 38% from 3, which is the lowest percentages Curry has ever had in his career. Also his 25.5 points per game this season is the lowest since the 2016-2017 season. With his team also sitting at 4th in the Western Conference I don’t think this is up to Stephan Curry standards or ours.
Forward: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant play on the court probably deserves him on the All-NBA 1st Team. When he’s on the floor, he’s one of the best players in the league easily and his stats prove it. He’s averaging 30 points at game, the highest since his 2013-2014 season where he averaged (32). Also “KD is averaging a career high in assists (6.1) . The talent is there but the problem though is that he hasn’t been on the court enough to deserve that a higher spot. With the games missed and where his team place in the Eastern Standings ( 8th in the Eastern Conference), I just see two other forwards ahead of Kevin Durant this season.
Forward : DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls
Him originally signing that 85$ million dollar contract for 3 years last offseason looked like a crazy risk for the Chicago Bulls, especially Demar Derozen beng 32 years old. He prove me and probably the whole sports world wrong this season. Like have you seen anyone hit their full potential at 32? I haven’t. This season he’s been special, averaging his career high in point with 28, percentages from the field (50) and 3-points percentages (35). Leading Chicago to becoming one of the most hyped teams this season landing the 6th seed in the East. Demar Derozan earning himself an All-NBA 2nd team seems like a lock to me.
Center: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
This has to be the toughest part of the selections for the All-NBA Teams. It’s tough to make these selections when both of your MVP candidates are centers in Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic. And unfortunately you can’t make one or then other listed as forward. They’re both centers and I have to follow the rules when making these selections. Joel Embiid had a dominate season though. He’s a top 3 MVP candidate for most people’s vote and I personally rank him 2nd MVP voting behind Nikola Jokic. He’s the first center to win the scoring title since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 averaging 30.6 points. Emiid also showed that he can be healthy for a season, playing 68 games. The most he’s ever played in a season while leading his team to a top 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid did lift his team afloat while Ben Simmons was gone but for him to actually secure the 1st All-NBA center he had to lead his team to the 1st seed in East. Also him missing 14 games this season doesn’t while Nikola Jokic only missed 10 games. Joel Embiid you had an amazing season but sometimes theres just better players who play in your position.
All-NBA First Team
Guard: Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Alongside with Chris Paul, He and CP3 took the league by the horns and became the best team in the league. Winning a franchise record 64 games. Definitely earning Devin Booker his first All-NBA Team selection and a 1st All-NBA Team selection. Showing the league that’s he’s finally recognized as one of the best shooting guards in the league, while only being 25 years old. What really made Devin Booker stand out was his after All-Star Break performance. Putting up 30 points and 6 assist per game in 17 games. Making sure his Phoenix Suns clinch the 1st seed in the Western Conference.
Guard: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic aka “Luka Magic” really display his magical season once again. Averaging 28 points, 9 Rebounds, 8.7 Assists per game for the third season in a row. Which earned him both 1st All-NBA team honours and i still think that earns him again on the 1st All-NBA Team. He’s also 2nd the league in assist percentages with 46%. Luka easily carried his team as the 4th seed in the West and put his name on the map as the best young player in the game right now.
Forward: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics had the best record by a team after the All-Star Game this season, with a record of 17-5. Being top five in Points per game, Assist per game, Field Goal %, 3- Point %, Net Rating, Defensive Rating and being the best offensive rating team. With Jayson Tatum leading the the charge. Tatum went up level averaging 30.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 20 games. Showing the league why he’s one of the best forwards in the game. Really helping out his rankings moving himself onto the 1st All-NBA Team and becoming a top 5 MVP candidate this season.
Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
No surprise here, Giannis Antekounmpo has solidified himself as one of the best players in the league, best defensive players in the league and to me has become the most mentally toughest player in the league no question. The Greek Freak is 2nd in Box Plus/Minus (11.2), Offensive Box Blue/Minus (7.6), Defensive box Plus/Minus ( 3.5), Offensive Win Shares ( 9.2), Win Shares ( 12.9) and Value Over Replacement Player ( 7.4). Averaging 30 points, 11.6 Rebound, 5.8 Assist and 1.4 blocks while his team is 3rd in the Eastern Conference. I think Giannis Antekounmpo case being on the 1st All-NBA Team is clear. He’s the most dominate player in the league.
Center: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
No Jamal Murray, No Michael Porter Jr, No problem for Nikola Jokic. Setting up his teams record as 48-34 in the tough Western Conference is a big deal if you don’t have any supporting cast. The argue between Jokic and Joel Embiid is legit conversation to have but I don’t think it’s close. I know the Denver Nuggets are the 6th seed but they’re only 3 games behind Joel Embiid’s Philadelphia 76ers. Nikola Jokic isn’t the defensive beast like Embiid but in the he advance stats, Nikola Jokic destroys almost every category. He’s 1st in Player Efficiency Rating, Offensive Win Shares, Win shares, Offensive Box Plus/Minus, Defensive Box Plus/Minus, Box Plus/Minus and Value Over Replacement Player. With all that, He averaging 27.1/13.8/7.9 which is insane as a center. He’s truly changing the game as a center and clear cut favourite to the MVP this year to me.
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