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Houston Rockets: 2014 All-NBA Team Selections

Houston Rockets: 2014 All-NBA Team Selections

The All-NBA teams were released and two Houston Rockets were selected for the honor this year.

This is James Harden’s first selection to All-NBA First Team, and Dwight Howard was selected to the All-NBA Second Team.

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls edged out Dwight Howard for the All-NBA First Team selection for the center position. The rest of the first team besides Noah and Harden shake out to be Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, and LeBron James of the Miami Heat.

Howard shares second-team honors with Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.

Harden finished the season averaging 25.4 PPG, 6.1 AST, and 4.7 REB while maintaining a .456 FG% and .866 FT%. The Beard also finished fifth in points per game, seventh in overall points scored, and tenth in free throw percentage amongst his peers in the NBA.

Howard wrapped up his season by finishing with 18.3 PPG, 12.2 RPG, and 1.8 BLK along with a .547 FT%, his personal best from the charity stripe since the 2010-2011 season. The Houston big ranked third in field-goal percentage, fourth in rebounds per game, and eighth in total blocks for the season compared to the rest of the league.

This is also the first time since 2008 that two Rockets were named to the All-NBA team since Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. Harden is also the first All-NBA First Team selection for the Rockets since Hakeem Olajuwon did so in 1997.

That is quite the exclusive company to be associated with in Houston Rockets history. Let us hope that this becomes an every year occurrence for this powerful duo in the Rockets lineup! Let me know what you think of this year’s selections!

 

 

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