Superstar center Dwight Howard became the first player in Orlando Magic history to become a unanimous All-NBA first-team selection on Thursday.
Dwight and Cleveland forward LeBron James were the only unanimous picks. Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant joined Dwight and James on the first team.
The All-NBA Second Team consists of Phoenix’s Steve Nash and Utah’s Deron Williams at guard, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki at forward, and Phoenix’s Amar’e Stoudemire at center.
The All-NBA Third Team includes Atlanta’s Joe Johnson and Portland’s Brandon Roy at guard, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol at forward and Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut at center.
The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 122 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
It is the fourth All-NBA selection for Dwight, and his third in a row to the first-team. This was the first time the two-time Defensive Player of the Year was a unanimous pick for the first-team squad.
Penny Hardaway (1994-95 and 1995-96), Tracy McGrady (2001-02 and 2002-03) and Howard (2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10) are the only Magic players in history to make the All-NBA first team. Shaquille O’Neal (third team in both 1993-94 and 1995-96) is the only other Magic player to make an All-NBA squad.
Dwight delivered with his finest performance as a professional this season. He became the first player to lead the league in rebounding and blocks in consecutive seasons, averaging 13.2 rebounds and 2.78 blocks. He also became only the fifth player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding for at least three consecutive seasons.
And he was just as good on the offensive end of the floor, leading the Magic in scoring at 18.3 points per game while also leading the NBA in field goal percentage (61.2 percent), double-doubles (64) and 20-point/20-rebound games (three).