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Giannis Antetokounmpo headlines All-NBA Teams for 2020-21 season

The All-NBA First Team for the 2020-21 season was announced on Tuesday, headlined by Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. While the Greek Freak has other fish to fry in his second-round series against the Brooklyn Nets, this remains a great individual accomplishment for the two-time MVP.

This represents the third consecutive year that Giannis has earned All-NBA First Team honors. He was joined by some other star power on the exclusive team.

All-NBA First Team honors announced

giannis antetokounmpo all-nba first team
Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) warms up before game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  • Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
  • Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

An MVP finalist this past season, Stephen Curry earns first-team honors for the fourth time in his career. Curry is now eligible to sign a four-year, $215.4 million super-max extension during the summer. Eventual winner of that individual award, this represents the second time Nikola Jokic has been named to the first team.

It’s also the second consecutive time Luka Doncic has accomplished the feat after he put up a dominating regular season for an otherwise pedestrian Mavericks squad. This honor now enables the star guard to sign a max-level contract during the summer for north of $201 million. Not too shabby.

All-NBA Second Team honors

lebron james all-nba first team
Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second quarter against the Phoenix Sunsduring game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
  • Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns
  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Julius Randle, New York Knicks
  • LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

With his Phoenix Suns preparing for the Western Conference Finals, the 36-year-old Chris Paul continues to prove that Father Time has nothing on him. The future first ballot Hall of Famer has now been named to 10 All-NBA teams.

The interesting dynamic here is that LeBron James still earned second-team honors after missing 27 of a possible 72 games during the regular season. An argument could easily be made that either Jimmy Butler or Paul George deserved second-team honors more than King James. As it is, the four-time champion has now been named to a whopping 17 All-NBA teams throughout his brilliant career.

All-NBA Third Team

Kyrie Irving, All-NBA
Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after making a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
  • Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
  • Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
  • Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
  • Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
  • Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers

Most notably, only Kyrie Irving of the Nets earned honors on any of the All-NBA teams. That’s surprising given the statuses of Kevin Durant and James Harden in Brooklyn.

Reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert is now a four-time All-NBA performer. He’s been listed on the third team each of the past three seasons.

As for Bradley Beal, this is surprisingly the first time that he’s been on any of the three teams despite averaging north of 30 points during the 2019-20 campaign.