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Top Players Notably Absent From The 2021 All-NBA Team Selections

by | Jun 17, 2021 | Sports

All-NBA team selections have been announced and several players throughout the league who provided a major impact for their team seem to have been left off the list.

Making the All-NBA first-team were Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry, GIannis Antekounmpo, Luka Doncic and Kawhi Leonard. On the All-NBA second team is Lebron James, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid and Julius Randle. Lastly, the All-NBA third team stars Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Rudy Govert and Jimmy Butler.

While all these players had spectacular seasons, there are a few names notably absent from this year’s selections. Let’s take a look at some of the top players that failed to make an All-NBA team this season.

Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)

After averaging 25.3 points, 9.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game this past season, Trae Young broke out as a force not to be reckoned with in the league. His clutch performances and three point abilities seemed to point to him as an obvious All-NBA selection, but Young failed to make any of the three teams.

Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)

Durant averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game in his first season since his 2019 Achilles injury. Not only did he put up those impressive numbers, he played a pivotal role in helping the Nets reach the playoffs with the no. 2 seed in the east. Pretty surprising to see Durant missing this year’s selections.

James Haden (Brooklyn Nets)

Averaging 24.6 points, 10.9 assists and 8.5 rebounds as a member of the Nets this season, Harden played an equally pivotal role in pushing the Nets into playoff contention. Being his first season in New York, Harden proved he had what it took to make an incredible impact on an already stacked team. That impact however was not enough to impress the league, with Harden failing to make an All-NBA team selection.

Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)

Sure Chris Paul made an All-NBA team, but why not his co-star Devin Booker? With season averages of 25.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists, the guard made a huge difference for the Suns this season. Not only that – he has been destroying it throughout the playoffs – having helped send home LeBron James and the Lakers in round 1.


Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)

Tatum averaged 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season. Tatum had several breakout games, two of which he scored over 50 points for the Celtics. With his team managing to squeeze their way into the playoffs, much of the success could be attributed to Tatum. That didn’t translate into an All-NBA selection however.

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