The First Team All-NBA Squad Is No Real Surprise

the All-NBA teams were released today, and the composition of the first team should come as no surprise, unless you are the most casual NBA viewer, and even then it would be hard to make that claim if you couldn't recognize any of these players.

Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Dwight Howard comprised the first team, and regardless of what order you choose to place them in, those five rank as the best players the NBA has to offer.

Apologies to Dirk Nowitzki, but it would be hard to reconcile placing Dirk ahead of either James or Durant, and for that reason alone, Nowitzki is relegated to secondary status.

The same goes for Chris Bosh who was edged out by a tandem of small forwards in Durant and James, so the ultimate conclusion must be Bosh was not good enough to break into that atmosphere as a power forward.

For most observers this particular award was just a matter of course, but for those who actually care and pay attention to end of the year awards, all I can say is, sorry if you were a fan of Dirk.

Dirk's omission is probably the most obvious, but really? How could anyone place him above Durant and James who ranked as the top two scorers in the NBA respectively, and in Durant's case he was able to accomplish just as much as Dirk with an inferior team.

The Dallas Mavericks entered the postseason as the Western Conference's number two seed, but in an effort to stay true to their history, the Mavericks were promptly upset in the first-round by the San Antonio Spurs.

On the other hand, Durant and his young Oklahoma City team gave the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers all they could handle before eventually bowing out in six games.

That should be the only real point of contention on the whole list because each of the other four players continuously proved themselves throughout the season, on both ends of the floor.

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