Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers was selected to the All-National Basketball Association first team for the 10th time, the most among active players and second in league history behind Karl Malone.
Bryant, 33, who is fifth on the NBA’s career scoring list, is joined on the first team by LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The New York Knicks placed forward Carmelo Anthony and center Tyson Chandler on the third team.
Bryant is on the first team for the seventh straight season, and ties Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Michael Jordan, Bob Pettit and Jerry West at 10 for a career. Malone was selected 11 times in voting by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada.
James, who won this year’s Most Valuable Player Award, was selected to the first team for the sixth time, receiving 118 of a possible 120 votes.
Durant earned his third first-team selection after leading the league in scoring for the third straight year, while Howard made it for the fifth consecutive season and Paul for the second time.
The second team consists of guards Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Russell Westbrook of the Thunder, forwards Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and center Andrew Bynum of the Lakers.
The third team has guards Dwyane Wade of the Heat and Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, forwards Anthony of the Knicks and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, and Chandler.
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