Westbrook, Harden top All-NBA first team as George, Hayward snubbed

first_imgNEW YORK – For Cleveland’s LeBron James, there was history. For Houston’s James Harden, there was affirmation.And for Indiana’s Paul George and Utah’s Gordon Hayward, a chance at signing contracts exceeding $200 million this summer is gone.James and Harden headlined the All-NBA first team that was unveiled by the league on Thursday. James made the first team for a record-tying 11th time, matching the mark set by Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone. And Harden was the only player to be unanimously selected by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters as a first-teamer this year, returning to that group for the third time in the last four seasons.Joining James and Harden on the first team were Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis. Westbrook, Leonard and Davis all are first-teamers for the second time.Harden was not an All-NBA team pick last season, after averaging 29 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists, which prompted Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to tweet his reaction.”Happy (at) James Harden was able to bounce back from his tough 29/8/6 performance last season to prove again he is one of the 15 best NBA players,” Morey wrote.James and Westbrook were on 99 first-team ballots, and second-team on the lone other. Leonard was a first-teamer on 96 ballots, second-team on three and third-team on one.Perhaps as significant a story as who made the team was who did not.George and Hayward fell well short of making any of the three All-NBA teams, which means they will not be eligible to get the ”supermax” extensions from Indiana and Utah this summer and now will face more questions about their futures in their respective cities. George is under contract to the Pacers for next season, while Hayward is likely to elect to become a free agent this summer.”These opportunities don’t come around very much,” Hayward said earlier this month. ”That’s why you hire an agent, to deal with this type of stuff.”All three teams have two guards, two forwards and one center.Harden and Westbrook were runaway choices at guard, James and Leonard were easy picks at forward. Davis barely held off Utah’s Rudy Gobert for the first-team center spot, finishing with 343 points to Gobert’s 339.Davis appeared on 95 of the 100 ballots; Gobert appeared on 91.Other second-team picks along with Gobert were Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Boston’s Isaiah Thomas at guard, and Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo at forward.”So many great players, so many players had great seasons,” Durant said. ”It’s kind of hard to put guys on the first, second, third teams. So many guys played well this year. Just grateful to be a part of the list. Obviously I feel like I should be a first-team player, but it is what it is.”Third-team selections were Washington’s John Wall and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan at guard, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler at forward, and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers at center. Jordan edged Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns for the final center spot by four points in the balloting.Finalists for other awards, including MVP, rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, sixth man, most improved player and coach of the year will be announced Friday night.All those awards will be announced in New York on June 26, and complete voting results will be released at that time. (AP) [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Westbrook, Harden top All-NBA first team as George, Hayward snubbed’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Saturday, May 20, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

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Martin Montoya has landed in London, set to have Fulham medical

first_imgOutlet Estádio Deportivo claims they were informed that the player ‘would have arrived’ in the English capital ahead of his move to the Whites.Even though the conditions of the Fulham deal are not clear, the report says that the Spaniard is now ready to have his medical with the West London side.Fulham’s first option for the right-back position was the Celta de Vigo player Hugo Mallo, Estádio Deportivo says. However, as the player is currently working on his contract renewal with the club, the Cottagers have chosen to go for Montoya instead.The 27-year-old was expected to stay at Valencia this season, but the attempt from Fulham has changed both player and the club plans.Other Premier League sides such as Brighton and Southampton were also interested in the former Barcelona player, but it’s Fulham who are said to have won the race.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndo Valencia right-back Martín Montoya has reportedly landed in London to complete his move to Fulham.last_img read more

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