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Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic lead All-NBA First Team selection, Chris Paul in Second Team

NBA, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Chris Paul

The All-NBA team selections have been announced, and unsurprisingly, the biggest names in the league made the first team. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and Dallas Mavericks youngster Luka Doncic lead the First Team pack, with Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), MVP Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) and Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers) rounding out the selection.

Interestingly, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul ended up in the Second Team along with Julius Randle, Damian Lillard and Joel Embiid.

Most surprising, however, are the exclusions of Kevin Durant and Devin Booker. While Durant’s snub is understandable since he only played in 35 games in the 2020-21 NBA season, Booker’s absence is more shocking since he was undoubtedly the best player on a Suns team that finished with the second-best record in the West.

For what it’s worth, though, Donovan Mitchell also didn’t make the cut–perhaps because of his lengthy absence at the end of the season.

Nonetheless, there is no doubt that the players selected deserve the honor. With the number of superstars in the NBA, there is always bound to be snubs. It’s just unfortunate that the players making the most noise in the playoffs didn’t make the First Team or any All-NBA teams at all.