The 2013-14 NBA regular season is over and the first-round playoff matchups are set to begin within a few hours. This is the most exciting time of the year for professional basketball fans: the best teams are set to collide and the weak have been weeded out from the rest of the field (except for the Phoenix Suns, a 48-win flower that blossomed in said grassy field only to have its playoff spot snatched up in the talons of a hawk from Atlanta for geographic reasons). In a league filled with players that are often accused of defending less than Larry Sanders talking about marijuana, this is the time of year when everyone tries hard. It’s win or go home, which is basically Christmas morning for basketball fans except that it lasts for two months.
Unfortunately, the only hardware given out based on the playoffs is the Larry O’Brien Trophy and the Finals MVP Award. So before we start watching these playoff teams battle it out for the NBA’s most important awards, it’s time to get a little selfish and pay tribute to the regular season individual awards that don’t get as much attention but are incredibly telling: the All-NBA Team selections.
There are 15 total spots for the All-NBA Team: five spots of the All-NBA First Team, the highest honor, five for the All-NBA Second Team and five for the All-NBA Third Team. Taking into account individual stats, advanced stats, team success, team impact and of course, the eye test, here are the 15 guys that deserve the love for the 2013-14 All-NBA Teams.