Once the playoffs were played, the individual awards of the season have been revealed, and as practically every year, they have come out with some controversy. In this case we have LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka doncic, Anthony Davis and James Harden in the best quintet, being very striking that there is not a pure base but converted forwards.
In the case of Doncic it seemed to be quite clear that he would enter since he was a clear candidate for the MVP in terms of sensations of his game. He finished with 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists, making it a historic season for a player who is just a sophomore. Great start for the Dallas Mavericks Slovenian.
As for the criticisms that have been read, they have come more on the side of having Davis instead of others like Damian Lillard or Chris Paul who had a good year and are creators of the game. These cited bases occupy the second quintet, along with Nikola Jokic, Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard. On the other hand, in the third quintet we have Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert and Russell Westbrook.
2019-20 All-NBA teams:
First: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Anthony Davis, James Harden
Second: Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Jokic, Chris Paul, Pascal Siakam
Third: Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert, Russell Westbrook
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 16, 2020
Joel Embiid was left out of the quintets receiving 79 votes and Khris Middleton the same with 82, being very far from the next in the list which was Bam Adebayo with only 26. From what it seems that counting Embiid and Middleton there was not much diversity in the voting.