Giannis Antetokounmpo, fellow two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum were voted to the All-NBA first team on Tuesday, the first time in 67 years all five players were age 27 or younger.
Milwaukee’s Antetokounmpo was the only player to receive all 100 possible first-team votes and finished with 500 points in his fourth consecutive first-team selection. Denver’s Jokic and Dallas’ Doncic each received 88 first-team votes and 476 points.
Doncic joined Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant and Max Zaslofsky as the only players to make the first team three or more times before turning 24, while Phoenix’s Booker (460 points) and Boston’s Tatum (390) both were first-time selections to the first team.
“It’s a blessing … as a kid, I always dreamed of being in the NBA and now it’s my third All-NBA team and it’s really a blessing,” Doncic said on Tuesday night, after leading the Mavericks to a playoff win over the Golden State Warriors. The Mavs still trail the Warriors 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, with the winner advancing to the NBA finals.
Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, the NBA’s leading scorer and runner-up to Jokic for MVP, led the second team. He was joined by Ja Morant, winner of the Most Improved Player award, Durant, Stephen Curry and DeMar DeRozan. The third team was Karl-Anthony Towns, Chris Paul, Trae Young, Pascal Siakam and LeBron James, who earned his 18th All-NBA selection