The 2016-17 All-NBA first, second and third teams were announced on Thursday. Interestingly enough, not a single member of the two-time defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors was named to the first team.
Instead, the honors went to LeBron James, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard.
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Two-time reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry and former MVP Kevin Durant earned second-team honors. Meanwhile, Draymond Green found himself on the third team. For the first time in three years, Klay Thompson is not on any of the three All-NBA teams.
Some may question how a team that won 67 regular season games and is up 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals has no one on the first-team.
On the surface, this seems a bit absurd.
Then, again who would we eliminate form the first team to make room for either Curry or Durant? All five seem to be deserving of the honors. And if Davis shouldn’t be included, that wouldn’t necessarily allow for the addition of one of the two former MVPs.
We’re sure that the injury to Durant played a role here. He missed 20 games to injury late in the year. At the time of said injury, Durant was considered a top-end MVP candidate in his first season with the Warriors.
In any event, this will surely create some debate around the NBA world. But critiquing voters for not including Durant or Curry makes little sense.