All-NBA Team

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The All-NBA Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. The voting is conducted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.1 The team has been selected in every season of the league's existence, dating back to its inaugural season in 1946.2 The All-NBA Team originally had two teams, but since 1988 it is composed of three five-man lineups—a first, second, and third team, typically comprising a total of 15 roster spots.

Players receive five points for a first team vote, three points for a second team vote, and one point for a third team vote. The five players with the highest point totals make the first team, with the next five making the second team and so forth. In the case of a tie at the fifth position of any team, the roster is expanded. If the first team consists of six players due to a tie, the second team will still consist of five players with the potential for more expansion in the event of additional ties. A tie has occurred only once, in 1952, when Bob Davies and Dolph Schayes tied in votes received.1 From 1946 to 1955, players were selected without regard to position; however, since 1956, each team has consisted of two forwards, one center, and two guards.2

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant hold the record for the most total selections with fifteen.3 Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan follow with fourteen total honors, 3 and Dolph Schayes, Bob Cousy, Jerry West, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Dirk Nowitzki with twelve selections.3 Malone and Bryant are tied for the most All-NBA first team honors with eleven, while Cousy, Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, West, Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Michael Jordan are all tied for second-most with ten.3


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