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On Tuesday night, the national teams of all NBA season 2021-22 were announced, and for the first time in 67 years the first team consists entirely of players 27 years and younger.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Janice Atetokunmpa, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic highlight the All-NBA League team. They are joined Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Boston Celtics forward Jason Tatum in the first team.
Atetokunmpa – who finished third in the NBA this season (29.9 points per game) and sixth in rebounds (11.6 rebounds) – was the only player to receive all 100 possible votes for the first team and finished with 500 points in his fourth first team in a row selection. He is the first player in 50 years to be unanimously selected to the first All-NBA team for four seasons in a row.
Doncic joins Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant and Max Zaslofsky as the only players to get into the first team three or more times before turning 24, while Booker and Tatum were both first selected to the first team.
“It just shows where he’s going and his growth,” Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said of Doncic. “What he’s doing for this team is incredible.”
This marks James ’18th pick in the NBA, adding his own NBA record for most of all time. Next on the list are Karim Abdul-Jabar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan – 15 each.
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