All-NBA Teams Named; Who Got Snubbed?

The All-NBA teams have been named for the 2022-23 regular season, and while there were a lot of familiar names, there were some first-timers among the group as well.

It was a breakthrough season for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who earns his first nod, and is the 4th Thunder player ever to be named to an All-NBA team. He averaged 31.4 points, 5.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.65 steals, while becoming the youngest guard ever to average at least 30 points on 50% shooting for a season.

He's joined by the MVP Joel Embiid at center, and other perennial All-NBA names Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum.

The second team features the 2021 and 2022 MVP Nikola Jokic, who would have been a lock for the first team if not for the position requirements. Starting next year, the All-NBA team will no longer be broken down by position. 

Also on the second team, Steph Curry, who earned his ninth overall All-NBA selection, Jimmy Butler, and two first-timers: Jaylen Brown and Donovan Mitchell. 

The third team consists of De'Aaron Fox and Damian Lillard in the backcourt, LeBron James and Julius Randle up front, and Domantas Sabonis in the middle. Sacramento Kings teammates Fox and Sabonis each made All-NBA for the first time. 

The "snubs" include Phoenix Suns' guard Devin Booker, who averaged 27.8 points, but played in only 53 games. 

At one point earlier in the season, the Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis could have passed as an MVP candidate for a short time. But his annual chunk of games missed due to injury (26) took him out of the running for an All-NBA bid as well. 

Others who thought they had a chance but got "snubbed", include Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors (24.2 PPG, 7.8 REB, 5.8 AST) and Laurie Markkanen (25.6 PPG, 8.6 REB in a breakout season with the Utah Jazz). 

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