May 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Klay Thompson: I'd Rather Win Championship Than Make Third Team All-NBA

May 23, 2019 5:31 PM

Klay Thompson found out he wasn't an All-NBA selection and won't be eligible for a supermax contract this offseason during his media availability on Thursday.

“When you go to five straight Finals, it takes more than a couple All-NBA guys," said Thompson. "Whatever. I'd rather win a championship than make Third Team All-NBA."

Thompson was then asked how he felt about contract amounts being determined by All-NBA voting.

"Do I think there are that many guards better than me in the league? No.”

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Giannis, Curry, Harden, Giannis, George Named To All-NBA First Team

May 23, 2019 2:18 PM

The NBA has announced their 2018-19 All-NBA Teams.

2018-19 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM

Position | Player, Team | 1st Team (5 Pts.) | 2nd Team (3 Pts.) | 3rd Team (1 Pt.) | Total | All-NBA Selections

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee | 100 | -- | -- | 500 | 3 (one 1st, two 2nd)
James Harden, Houston | 100 | -- |  -- |  500 | 6 (five 1st, one 3rd)
Stephen Curry, Golden State | 91 | 9 | -- | 482 | 6 (three 1st, two 2nd, one 3rd)
Paul George, Oklahoma City |  71 | 25 | 3 | 433 | 5 (one 1st, four 3rd)
Nikola Jokić, Denver | 59 | 38 | 2 | 411 | 1

2018-19 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM

Position | Player, Team | 1st Team (5 Pts.) | 2nd Team (3 Pts.) | 3rd Team (1 Pt.) | Total | All-NBA Selections

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia | 40 | 57 | 4 | 375 | 2 (two 2nd)
Kevin Durant, Golden State | 29 | 71 | -- | 358 | 9 (six 1st, three 2nd)
Damian Lillard, Portland | 8 | 87 | 5 | 306 | 4 (one 1st, two 2nd, one 3rd)
Kawhi Leonard, Toronto | -- | 73 | 23 | 242 | 3 (two 1st, one 2nd)
Kyrie Irving, Boston | -- | 52 | 39 | 195 | 2 (one 2nd, one 3rd)

2018-19 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM

Position | Player, Team | 1st Team (5 Pts.) | 2nd Team (3 Pts.) | 3rd Team (1 Pt.) | Total | All-NBA Selections

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City | 1 | 43 | 44 | 178 | 8 (two 1st, five 2nd, one 3rd)
Blake Griffin, Detroit | -- | 13 | 76 | 115 | 5 (three 2nd, two 3rd)
LeBron James, L.A. Lakers | -- | 13 | 72 | 111 | 15 (12 1st, two 2nd, one 3rd)
Rudy Gobert, Utah | 1 | 5 | 69 | 89 | 2 (one 2nd, one 3rd)
Kemba Walker, Charlotte | -- | 4 | 39 | 51 | 1

Below are the other players who received votes for the 2018-19 All-NBA Teams, listed by the position at which they received the most votes.

OTHER PLAYERS RECEIVING VOTES: GUARDS

Player, Team | 1st Team (5 Pts.) | 2nd Team (3 Pts.) | 3rd Team (1 Pt.) | Total

Bradley Beal, Washington | -- | 1 | 31 | 34
Klay Thompson, Golden State | -- | 3 | 18 | 27
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia | -- | -- | 7 | 7
Mike Conley, Memphis | -- | -- | 4 | 4
Donovan Mitchell, Utah | -- | -- | 4 | 4
DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio | -- | -- | 3 | 3
D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn | -- | -- | 3 | 3
Dwyane Wade, Miami | -- | 1 | -- | 3
Devin Booker, Phoenix  | -- | -- | 1 | 1
Eric Gordon, Houston | -- | -- | 1 | 1
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans | -- | -- | 1 | 1
Kyle Lowry, Toronto | -- | -- | 1 | 1
Lou Williams, LA Clippers | -- | -- | 1 | 

OTHER PLAYERS RECEIVING VOTES: FORWARDS

Player, Team | 1st Team (5 Pts.) | 2nd Team (3 Pts.) | 3rd Team (1 Pt.) | Total

LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio | -- | 2 | 11 | 17
Danilo Gallinari, LA Clippers | -- | 1 | 4 | 7
Pascal Siakam, Toronto | -- | -- | 4 | 4
Luka Donĉić, Dallas | -- | 1| -- | 3
Tobias Harris, Philadelphia | -- | -- | 2 | 2
Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento | -- | -- | 1 | 1
Domantas Sabonis, Indiana | -- | -- | 1 | 1

OTHER PLAYERS RECEIVING VOTES: CENTERS

Player, Team | 1st Team (5 Pts.) | 2nd Team (3 Pts.) | 3rd Team (1 Pt.) | Total

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota | -- | -- | 20 | 20
Nikola Vučević, Orlando | -- | -- | 4 | 4
Andre Drummond, Detroit | -- | 1 | -- | 3
Anthony Davis, New Orleans | -- | -- | 1 | 1
Myles Turner, Indiana | -- | -- | 1 | 1

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Rudy Gobert, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo Headline 2019 NBA All-Defensive Teams

May 22, 2019 2:14 PM

Rudy Gobert, Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

The three finalists for the 2018-19 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award finished with nearly identical point totals as the top vote-getters for the NBA All-Defensive Teams.

The 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team also features Marcus Smart (145 points; 63 First Team votes) and Eric Bledsoe (100 points; 36 First Team votes). Smart and Bledsoe are both first-time selections to an NBA All-Defensive Team.

The 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Jrue Holiday (90 points), Klay Thompson (82), Joel Embiid (80), Draymond Green (61) and Kawhi Leonard (39). This is the first NBA All-Defensive Team selection for Thompson, a five-time NBA All-Star.

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Luka Doncic, Trae Young Headline 2019 NBA All-Rookie First Team

May 21, 2019 3:23 PM

Luka Doncic and Trae Young headline the 18-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team with both players voted unanimously.

Doncic and Young were voted onto the First Team on all 100 ballots. Deandre Ayton (195 points; 95 First Team votes), Jaren Jackson Jr. (159 points; 60 First Team votes) and Marvin Bagley III (156 points; 56 First Team votes) were also on the First Team.

This marks the first time since the 1984-85 season that the top five picks in the previous NBA Draft have all been selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (138 points), Collin Sexton (132), Landry Shamet (85), Mitchell Robinson (77) and Kevin Huerter (45).

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Paul George Named Three MVP Finalists

May 17, 2019 8:16 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and Paul George have been named the three finalists for MVP.

Antetokounmpo or Harden is expected to win the award.

Harden won the award last season.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Rudy Gobert Named Defensive Player Of The Year Finalists

May 17, 2019 8:09 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George and Rudy Gobert have been named the three finalists for Defensive Player of the Year.

This award is considered one of the most wide open.

Gobert won the award last season.

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Mike Budenholzer, Michael Malone, Doc Rivers Named Coach Of The Year Finalists

May 17, 2019 8:05 PM

Mike Budenholzer, Michael Malone and Doc Rivers have been named the 2018-19 Coach of the Year finalists.

Budenholzer is widely expected to win the award. Budenholzer previously won the award for the 14-15 season with the Atlanta Hawks.

Rivers won the award in 99-00 with the Orlando Magic.

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Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Domantas Sabonis Named Finalists For Sixth Man Of The Year

May 17, 2019 8:03 PM

Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Domantas Sabonis are the three finalists are the three finalists for the 2018-19 Sixth Man of the Year award.

Williams, who won the award in 2015 and 2018, is widely expected to win again this season.

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Pascal Siakam, De'Aaron Fox, D'Angelo Russell Named Finalists For Most Improved Player

May 17, 2019 7:55 PM

Pascal Siakam, De'Aaron Fox and D'Angelo Russell have been named the three finalists for the 2018-19 Most Improved Player award.

Siakam is widely expected to win the award.

Fox had a breakout second season while Russell became an injury replacement All-Star.

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Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Deandre Ayton Named Rookie Of The Year Finalists

May 17, 2019 7:52 PM

Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Deandre Ayton have been named the three finalists for the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Doncic is widely expected to win the award.

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