Apr. 19, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard (3) Chris Paul and forward (32) Blake Griffin in the second half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Clippers 93-90. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Chris Paul joins LeBron James and Kevin Durant with All-NBA First Team Nod


Chris Paul led the Clippers in assists and steals this year after leading the Los Angeles Clippers to their best winning percentage in franchise history; he was also second in scoring on the team and one of the best 4th quarter players in the league. He legitimately changed the culture in ONE season with a severely shortened training camp, and very little time for practice in this condensed season. The other members of the first team are MVP LeBron James, scoring champ Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Kobe Bryant’s blood-spun knees. Tony Parker got the second team point guard nod, and was also joined by Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Andrew Bynum, and Blake Griffin joined Paul’s All-NBA status.

The All-NBA Third team includes Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tyson Chandler.

Bryant became the active leader for most First-Team nods with 10 and his 7th in a row. Howard was named to the first team despite his tumultuous season with the Magic during which he demanded a trade, rescinded the demand, got called out for wanting management to fire the head coach in a an awkward moment with Stan Van Gundy, and had season-ending back surgery.

For the Clippers, it must be validating to have two All-NBA selections at the end of the year. They should feel hopeful too about the comments Paul and Griffin made at the end of the year; they seemed equal parts elated and excited to get started on summer improvements. Paul and Griffin’s All-NBA selection points to a bright future for the duo.

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