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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dallas guard Luka Doncic named to All-NBA First Team


Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Dallas guard Luka Doncic highlighted the league’s All-NBA team announced Tuesday night.

Jokic, the 2021-22 NBA MVP, was not the top vote-giver for the team. That honor went to Antetokounmpo who received all 100 votes for the first team at one of the advanced points.

Jokic and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, who finished second in MVP voting, split the votes as a first-team center. Both players were eligible for the forward position, and some voters chose to place both players in the first team that way. Embiid was part of the second team at center.

Antetokounmpo was the only unanimous selection, and he becomes the first player in the past 50 years to be a unanimous selection to the All-NBA First Team in four consecutive seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Doncic picked up his third first-team nod before turning 24, becoming the third player to do so joining Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan and Max Zaslofsky.

Joining Jokic, Antetokounmpo and Doncic in the first team were Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Phoenix Suns goaltender Devin Booker. According to the league, this is the first time the first team has been made up entirely of players 27 or younger since 1954-55.

It was the first first-team selection for both players and the first for Booker overall. Tatum made the All-NBA Third Team in 2019-20.

Tatum is the first Celtics player to make the All-NBA 1st Team since Kevin Garnett in 2007-08 and the youngest Celtics player to make the All-NBA 1st Team since Larry Bird in 1979-80. While Embiid had the second spot at center on the team, the guard spots went to Stephen Curry of Golden State and Ja Morant of Memphis, and the forward spots were Durant and DeMar DeRozan of Chicago. The third team consisted of Phoenix guard Chris Paul, Atlanta guard Trae Young, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, Toronto forward Pascal Siakam and Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns.

James clinched his 18th All-NBA selection, extending his own NBA record for most all-time ahead of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan at 15. James also becomes the first player to make the All-NBA team in his 19th season or later.

Paul joined Bryant as the only guards to make an All-NBA team after his 17th season or later.

With Booker and Towns both on All-NBA teams, they are both eligible to sign four-year, $211 million super max extensions this summer that would begin in the 2024-25 season. Extensions would start at $47.1 million this season and peak at $58.4 million in 2027-28.

Young’s selection also means his already-signed rookie max extension goes from $176.9 million to $212.3 million. The extra $6.1 million in 2022-23, which pushes his cap from $30.5 million to $36.6 million, pushes the Hawks to $7.8 million above the luxury tax .

They could sink if they give up Danilo Gallinari. The $21.5 million futures contract is secured for $4.5 million, with the balance becoming protected on July 29.

Despite Morant making All-NBA, he is not eligible for the five-year, $223 million rookie extension this offseason. He is eligible for a five-year, $186 million extension, but that would increase to $223 million if he made the 2022-23 All-NBA Team next season.

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