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Curry Could Become First Player To Defeat Other Four All-NBA First Teamers In Playoffs

May 25, 2015 1:53 PM

Stephen Curry could become the first player in NBA history to defeat all four of his fellow All-NBA First Team members in the playoffs.

Curry and the Golden State Warriors swept Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, followed by a six-game series win over Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors are now one win away from defeating James Harden and the Houston Rockets.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James are one win away from The Finals as well. This would also be first time in 30 years that the NBA's MVP faces the second- and third-place finishers. In 1985, Larry Bird faced second-placed Magic Johnson in The Finals after earlier meeting third-placed Moses Malone.

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Curry, LeBron, Davis, Harden, M. Gasol On All-NBA First Team

May 21, 2015 11:33 AM

Stephen Curry and LeBron James headline the 14-15 All-NBA First Team as unanimous selections.

Also on the First Team are Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol and James Harden.

On the Second Team are LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins, Pau Gasol, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul.

On the Third Team are Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan, DeAndre Jordan, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving.

Twelve of the 15 All-NBA players were from the Western Conference, two days after two Western Conference teams receive the top two picks in the lottery.

Voting Results

First Team
Stephen Curry: 645
LeBron James: 645
James Harden: 637
Anthony Davis: 625
Marc Gasol: 453

Second Team
Russell Westbrook: 397
LaMarcus Aldridge: 390
Chris Paul: 335
Pau Gasol: 242
DeMarcus Cousins: 220

Third Team
Blake Griffin: 189
DeAndre Jordan: 175
Tim Duncan: 167
Klay Thompson: 122
Kyrie Irving: 112

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio, 155; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 70; Al Horford, Atlanta, 64 (1); John Wall, Washington, 50; Jimmy Butler, Chicago, 32; Damian Lillard, Portland, 22; Draymond Green, Golden State, 9; Zach Randolph, Memphis, 7; Jeff Teague, Atlanta, 7; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 6; Nikola Vucevic, Orlando, 6; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 3; Rudy Gay, Sacramento, 3; Andre Drummond, Detroit, 2; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 2; Kyle Korver, Atlanta, 2; Joakim Noah, Chicago, 2; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 2; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2; Carmelo Anthony, New York, 1; Tyson Chandler, Dallas, 1; Mike Conley, Memphis, 1; Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 1; Kevin Love, Cleveland, 1; Kyle Lowry, Toronto, 1; Khris Middleton, Milwaukee, 1.

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Kawhi, Draymond, Tony Allen, Jordan, Paul Headline All-Defensive Team

May 20, 2015 2:18 PM

Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Tony Allen, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Leonard, Green and Jordan are all on the First Team for the first time in their career.

On the All-Defensive Second Team are Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Bogut, John Wall and Tim Duncan.

Rudy Gobert headlined the list of players also receiving votes along with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley.

Leonard received 116 of 129 first team votes, followed by Green with 107 and Tony Allen with 88.

Bogut receives a $1.945 million bonus for being included on the Second Team.

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Wiggins, Noel, Mirotic, Clarkson, Payton On All-Rookie Team

May 18, 2015 2:43 PM

Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic and Elfrid Payton have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

On the second team are Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jusuf Nurkic and Langston Galloway.

From Gary Neal and Landry Fields in 2011 to Marc Jackson in 2001, the All-Rookie First Team has had a surprising number of one-hit wonders.

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Joakim Noah Wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

May 14, 2015 11:34 AM

Joakim Noah has won the 2014-15 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA).

The honor, named after the NBA’s second commissioner, is presented annually by the PBWA to the player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.

The other finalists for the award were Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic, Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Noah has dedicated himself to helping children develop a stronger sense of self through his Noah’s Arc Foundation (NAF). The foundation recently launched the “Rock Your Drop: The Drop of Consciousness” anti-violence initiative, which supports those affected by violence and encourages youth to express themselves through creative outlets like sports and art.

J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award Winners
1974-75  Wes Unseld, Washington
1975-76 Slick Watts, Seattle
1976-77 Dave Bing, Washington
1977-78 Bob Lanier, Detroit
1978-79 Calvin Murphy, Houston
1979-80 Austin Carr, Cleveland
1980-81 Mike Glenn, New York
1981-82 Kent Benson, Detroit
1982-83 Julius Erving, Philadelphia
1983-84 Frank Layden, Utah
1984-85 Dan Issel, Denver
1985-86 Michael Cooper, L.A. Lakers, and Rory Sparrow, New York
1986-87 Isiah Thomas, Detroit
1987-88 Alex English, Denver
1988-89 Thurl Bailey, Utah
1989-90 Doc Rivers, Atlanta
1990-91 Kevin Johnson, Phoenix
1991-92 Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers
1992-93 Terry Porter, Portland
1993-94 Joe Dumars, Detroit
1994-95 Joe O’Toole, Atlanta
1995-96 Chris Dudley, Portland
1996-97 P.J. Brown, Miami
1997-98 Steve Smith, Atlanta
1998-99 Brian Grant, Portland
1999-00 Vlade Divac, Sacramento
2000-01 Dikembe Mutombo, Philadelphia
2001-02 Alonzo Mourning, Miami
2002-03 David Robinson, San Antonio
2003-04 Reggie Miller, Indiana
2004-05 Eric Snow, Cleveland
2005-06 Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
2006-07 Steve Nash, Phoenix
2007-08 Chauncey Billups, Detroit
2008-09 Dikembe Mutombo, Houston
2009-10 Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia
2010-11 Metta World Peace, L.A. Lakers
2011-12 Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers
2012-13 Kenneth Faried, Denver
2013-14 Luol Deng, Cleveland
2014-15 Joakim Noah, Chicago

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Jimmy Butler Wins NBA's Most Improved Player Ahead Of Green, Gobert

May 7, 2015 5:33 PM

Jimmy Butler won the 2014-15 NBA Most Improved Player Award, the NBA announced Thursday.

Butler, 25, received 92 of 129 first-place votes and 535 total points from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors (11 first-place votes, 200 points) and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz (12 first-place votes, 189 points) finished second and third, respectively.

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Jimmy Butler Wins NBA's Most Improved Player Award

May 6, 2015 7:31 PM

Jimmy Butler has won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. The announcement will come later this week.

Butler rejected an extension offer from the Chicago Bulls and betting on himself will likely lead to a max contract in the offseason as a restricted free agent.

Butler received 92 first place votes and 535 total points.

Draymond Green finished second with 200 points (11 first place votes) ahead of Rudy Gobert with 189 points (12 first place votes.

Hassan Whiteside, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo also received first place votes.

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Stephen Curry Finishes Ahead Of Harden, LeBron To Win MVP

May 4, 2015 12:06 PM

Stephen Curry has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in what was more of a landslide than many expected.

Curry received 100 first place votes and 1,198 total points.

James Harden finished second, receiving 25 first place votes, 87 second place votes, 13 third place votes and four fourth play votes for 936 total points.

LeBron James finished third with five first place votes, 12 second place votes, 62 third place votes and 32 fourth place votes.

Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and Chris Paul rounded out the top-6 that all received 100 or more total points.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson also received votes.

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Stephen Curry To Be Named NBA's Most Valuable Player

May 3, 2015 7:48 PM

Stephen Curry will be named the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

An official announcement will come this week, likely on Monday between Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports also confirmed that Curry will receive the award.

Curry averaged 23.8 points per game (sixth in the league), 7.7 assists (sixth) and 2.04 steals (fourth).

James Harden was the runner-up in the voting.

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Bob Myers Wins NBA Executive Of The Year

May 1, 2015 12:02 PM

Bob Myers of the Golden State Warriors has been named the NBA's Executive of the Year for the 14-15 season.

The Warriors finished the season with an NBA-best 67 wins.

David Griffin of the Cleveland Cavaliers finished second, while Mike Budenholzer was third.

The award is voted upon by fellow executives and not the media.

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