Thursday, May 12, 2011
Updated: May 13, 5:42 PM ET
Derrick Rose tops All-NBA first team
ESPN.com news services
It's no shock that five playoff teams have players on the 2010-11 All-NBA first team.
League MVP Derrick Rose made the squad after leading the Chicago Bulls to the best record in the NBA and into the Eastern Conference semifinals.
LeBron James, who has led the Miami Heat into the East finals, was the lone unanimous choice.
The Lakers' Kobe Bryant, the Thunder's Kevin Durant and the Magic's Dwight Howard also made the first team.
The Lakers and Magic have been eliminated from the playoffs, but Durant has the Thunder leading their Western Conference semifinal series against the Memphis Grizzlies 3-2.
It is the first All-NBA selection for Rose, who averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds this season. He was the only player in the top 10 in scoring and assists.
"It's an honor," Rose told ESPNChicago.com on Thursday.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau added: "We're thrilled for him. We're obviously very pleased. He certainly earned it. He's had a terrific season and you couldn't ask anything more of a player."
James was second in the league in scoring at 26.7 points a game, to go along with 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists a game.
Bryant earned his sixth straight All-NBA honor and ninth overall. He averaged 25.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
Howard, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, made his fourth straight All-NBA team.
Durant made All-NBA for the second time after leading the league in scoring at 27.7 points a game to go with 6.8 rebounds.
A few playoff teams had multiple honorees as well. The Heat's Dwyane Wade made the second team, as did the Thunder's Russell Westbrook and the Lakers' Pau Gasol.
Dirk Nowitzki, who has the Dallas Mavericks in the West finals, made the second team, as did Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks.
The third team includes the Spurs' Manu Ginobili, the Hornets' Chris Paul, the Trail Blazers'
LaMarcus Aldridge, the Grizzlies' Zach Randolph and the Hawks' Al Horford.
Information from ESPNChicago.com Bulls reporter Nick Friedell and The Associated Press was used in this report.