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African Players light up All-NBA Teams



For the third season running an African player has graced the All-NBA Team ranks. This time Giannis is shining in the All-NBA First Team.


Last season there were three African players in the varied All-NBA teams with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid both featuring in the Second Team and Victor Oladipo in the Third Team. This time around Giannis is standing proudly as a unanimous selection in the All-NBA First Team for the very first time.


The Milwaukee Bucks forward Antetokounmpo had been an All-NBA Second Team selection twice before this. Giannis’ incredible season is not showing any signs of slowing down with the accolades following on from his supreme performances on the court. However the rest of the season goes for the Greek Freak, Giannis, James Harden and Paul George are also the three finalists for the 2018-19 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. His scoring ability hasn’t been the only factor that has turned heads; Antetokounmpo is also a one of the nominees for the Defensive Player of the Year. The Nigerian-Greek forward will hope that he can take home both the end of season awards as well as the Larry O’Brien trophy come the end of the season.


Joel Embiid is marking his second appearance in the Second Team in consecutive seasons. The Cameroonian big man has become a star performer for the Philadelphia 76ers since entering the NBA. His larger than life personality and his big-time gameplay have made him a mainstay in any NBA conversation about best centers in the league. Embiid and the Sixers were knocked out of the NBA Playoffs at the Conference Semifinal stage but the Cameroonian showed that he is a force to be reckoned with.


The All-NBA Teams were all 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.

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