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Stephen Curry and LeBron James headline All-NBA First Team

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Stephen Curry has racked up another individual honour for the year. The back-to-back MVP was a unanimous pick on the All-NBA First Team - the only player named on all 129 ballots in voting by a panel of writers and broadcasters.

The point guard, who is in the First Team for the second straight year, guided the Golden State Warriors to an NBA-record 73 wins in the regular season - surpassing the previous mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

He also led the league in scoring - averaging 30 points per game - made a league record 402 three-pointers and became the first-ever unanimous MVP in the award's 61-year history. 

Curry was named alongside the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers. 

James' selection was his 10th in the last 13 seasons, which is tied for the second-most selections in league history.

Westbrook, Leonard and Jordan are among the league's top five for the first time in their careers. 

The dynamic OKC point guard had a league leading 18 triple doubles - the most in a single season in 40 years - whilst Kawhi picked up the Defensive Player of the Year honour for the second consecutive year and DeAndre led the league in field goal percentage (70.3 percent).

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

Both Leonard and Jordan were also named to the NBA All-Defensive first team, the only players out of the five to do so.

The All-NBA Second Team features the Thunder's Kevin Durant, the Warriors' Draymond Green, the Clippers' Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lillard's inclusion is hugely significant as it means the point guard will earn an estimated $13 million extra over the life of the five-year contract extension he signed with Portland last summer via the "Rose Rule."

The NBA’s “Derrick Rose rule” ensures that a player on a rookie contract who is voted an All-Star starter twice, selected to any of the three All-NBA teams twice, or wins a regular-season MVP award is eligible to make 30 percent of the league’s cap amount instead of 25 percent.

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

The All-NBA Third Team consists of the Indiana Pacers' Paul George, Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge, Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors and the Warriors' Klay Thompson. 

The most notable absentee is Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden, who missed out despite averaging career-highs of 29 points, 7.5 assists and 6.1 rebounds per games. 

One player who has more disappointed than others, though, is New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis. 

Having not been selected to any of the three All-NBA teams, the big man missed out on receiving an additional $25 million in his contract extension with the team through the same Rose Rule that Lillard benefitted from.

New Orleans Pelicans v Golden State Warriors

It compounds a miserable campaign for Davis who only played 61 games this year and was shut down for the season as he had to undergo both knee and shoulder surgeries. The injuries also ruled him out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division

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