2017 All-NBA teams: James Harden, LeBron James headline All-NBA first team
Houston Rockets point guard James Harden was the only unanimous choice on the All-NBA first team in balloting announced by the league on Thursday.
Harden earned all 500 points by being named as one of five first-team selections on each of the 100 ballots.
Joining Harden on the first team are Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (498), Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook (498), San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (490) and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (343).
James and Westbrook each received one second-team vote in failing to join Harden as a unanimous choice.
Earning second-team honors were Utah center Rudy Gobert (339 points), Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (290), Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (258), Warriors small forward Kevin Durant (239) and Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas (236).
Selected to the third team were Golden State power forward Draymond Green (134), Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (125), Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler (102), Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (62) and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (54).
Among the omissions were forwards Paul George (Indiana Pacers) and Gordon Hayward (Jazz) and there are financial effects involved.
George and Hayward would have eligible to receive five-year, $207 million offers from their current teams if they had made one of the three teams, due to terms in the collective bargaining agreement. If they depart as free agents, the most they can receive is a four-year, $133 million offer.
George can opt out of his contract following the 2017-18 season and speculation is running rampant that he is highly interested in landing with the Los Angeles Lakers.