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Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden earn unanimous All-NBA First Team selections

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Antetokounmpo and Harden earned unanimous First Team selections (NBA Getty Images)

The NBA today announced the All-NBA teams for the 2018-19 season.

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rockets guard James Harden were unanimous First Team selections and were joined by Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Thunder forward Paul George and Nuggets centre Nikola Jokić.

Antetokounmpo, Harden and George are the three finalists for the 2018-19 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award. The winner will be revealed at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Tuesday, June 25. The third annual NBA Awards, honouring this season's top performers, will take place at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard earned All-NBA Second Team honours, joining 76ers centre Joel Embiid, Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook headlines the All-NBA Third Team, which also features Pistons forward Blake Griffin, Jazz centre Rudy Gobert, Hornets guard Kemba Walker and Lakers forward LeBron James, who earns All-NBA honours for the 15th time in his 16-year career, tying an NBA record.

2018-19 All-NBA First Team

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
  • James Harden, Rockets
  • Stephen Curry, Warriors
  • Paul George, Thunder
  • Nikola Jokić, Nuggets

2018-19 All-NBA Second Team

  • Joel Embiid, 76ers
  • Kevin Durant, Warriors
  • Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
  • Kawhi Leonard, Raptors
  • Kyrie Irving, Celtics

2018-19 All-NBA Third Team

  • Russell Westbrook, Thunder
  • Blake Griffin, Pistons
  • LeBron James, Lakers
  • Rudy Gobert, Jazz
  • Kemba Walker, Hornets

The All-NBA Teams were selected by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis. Voters selected two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes.

Other players receiving votes

  • Bradley Beal, Wizards
  • Klay Thompson, Warriors
  • Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs
  • Ben Simmons, 76ers
  • Danilo Gallinari, Clippers

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