These days it’s not really a surprise, but Anthony Davis has been named All-NBA First Team. Again. For the fourth time, actually. That’s the most ever for a former Kentucky Wildcat in program history.
Davis garnered 455 total votes by a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters, the fourth most on the First Team, which also includes Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, teammate LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston’s James Harden and Dallas’ Luka Doncic.
Players were awarded five points for each vote to the first team, three points for each vote to the second team and one point for each vote to the third. Voters selected two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position where they play regularly. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes. The voting was conducted based on regular-season games played through March 11. The seeding games, which were played July 30–Aug. 14 as part of the 2019-20 season restart, did not count toward voting for the All-NBA Team or the league’s other traditional end-of-season awards.
Now in his eighth year in the NBA (time flies), Davis finished the 2019-20 regular season third in blocks (2.3 blocks per game), 10th in scoring (26.1), 14th in steals (1.5), 15th in total double-doubles (29) and 18th in rebounds (9.3). His player efficiency rating, a strong indicator of a player’s overall contributions and value, is at 27.50, which ranked fourth in the league. He’s averaging 27.6 points per game in the playoffs. Starting Friday, his Los Angeles Lakers will take on Jamal Murray’s Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. Kentucky has six former players in the conference finals right now (Davis, Rajon Rondo, Murray, Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, and Enes Kanter), by far the most of any college. Bam Adebayo (26) and Karl Towns (2) also received votes.
Here are the voting results for all three All-NBA teams: