20 May, 2017
Damian Lillard's snub from this year's All-NBA team, which was announced Thursday, was so expected that he didn't even complain about it.
Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were both named to the All-NBA Second Team, while Draymond Green was put on the All-NBA Third Team. Sharpshooter Klay Thompson was left off of all three teams.
Green continues to be one of the most versatile players in the National Basketball Association.
Green earned his second career All-NBA accolade after averaging 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.38 blocks in 32.5 minutes over 76 games, while leading the league with a career-high 2.03 steals. As for not making any of the All-NBA teams, Thompson said: "It is what it is". Curry set a single-game league record with 13 three-pointers November 7 against New Orleans.
National Basketball Association legend Shaquille O'Neal echoed Green and Curry's sentiments about Thompson on Twitter. Every position in the league is loaded with talent, and the depth at guard on every team makes this complicated. Curry received 93 second places votes, but he also received one first place vote oddly enough.
"So many great players, so many players had great seasons", Durant said. "Obviously, I feel like I should be a first-team player, but it is what it is". James Harden and Russell Westbrook were the firm choices as the first-team guards, Curry and Isaiah Thomas were the second-team choices.
This is Curry's fourth All-NBA selection. "They got somebody who has a triple double". Green has also been All-NBA Defensive first-teamer for the past couple of years.
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green called "bull****" on Klay Thompson being left off the All-NBA Teams.
It seems weird that no player from the team with the best regular season record and the highest offensive efficiency made the first team, but even more surprising to see one of the team's strongest players left off the three-team list entirely. The star point guard, who just completed his fifth season in the National Basketball Association, has upped his production every year.
Golden State holds a 2-0 lead on San Antonio in the Western Conference finals entering Friday's game. His MRI exam Monday revealed no structural damage, but the Warriors tend to be cautious with the 33-year-old swingman, who has a history of knee and back injuries. You can't win a championship without having a group of players that are willing to come together as a team and sacrifice individual goals and that is exactly what this team has done.