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Dwight Howard Named To 2011-12 All NBA First Team

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Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was named to the 2011-12 All-NBA First Team for the fifth consecutive season, the NBA announced today. Joining Howard on the First Team are LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Howard led the league in rebounding with a career-high 14.5 rpg and field goal percentage (.573), and finished second in double-doubles (43) and third in blocks (2.15 bpg). Howard also averaged 20.6 points and was one of only three players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.


The All-NBA Second Team consists of guards Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, forwards Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and center Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers.


The All-NBA Third Team includes the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and the Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo at guard, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki at forward, and the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler at center.


The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.


Below are the results of the voting for the 2011-12 All-NBA Teams, with First Team votes in parentheses. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.



Position                            Player, Team (1st Team Votes)                        Points

Forward                           LeBron James, Miami (118)                              596

Forward                           Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (117)                591

Center                             Dwight Howard, Orlando (75)                         476

Guard                              Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (104)                         568

Guard                              Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (74)                             484




Position                            Player, Team (1st Team Votes)                        Points

Forward                           Kevin Love, Minnesota (16)                              365

Forward                           Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers                                170

Center                             Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers (33)                     400

Guard                              Tony Parker, San Antonio (41)                         367

Guard                              Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (5)           239




Position                            Player, Team (1st Team Votes)                        Points

Forward                           Carmelo Anthony, New York (1)                     154

Forward                           Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas                                           136

Center                             Tyson Chandler, New York (4)                         60

Guard                              Dwyane Wade, Miami (1)                                235

Guard                              Rajon Rondo, Boston (4)                                   142     


Other players receiving votes, with point totals: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland, 55; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 52; Derrick Rose, Chicago, 44; Josh Smith, Atlanta, 33; Paul Pierce, Boston, 31; Al Jefferson, Utah, 30; Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers, 27; Steve Nash, Phoenix, 24; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 22; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 18; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 16; Deron Williams, New Jersey, 14; Rudy Gay, Memphis, 10; James Harden, Oklahoma City, 8; Luol Deng, Chicago, 5; Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 5; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 3; Danny Granger, Indiana, 3; Joakim Noah, Chicago, 3; Monta Ellis, Milwaukee, 2; Chris Bosh, Miami, 2; Luis Scola, Houston, 2; Marcin Gortat, Phoenix, 2; Paul Millsap, Utah, 2; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 2; David Lee, Golden State, 1; and DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento, 1.

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