Last year the Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan was selected to an All-NBA team for the first time in his career. This year he surpassed the Warriors two-time MVP and four-time All-NBA Team ( 2x First Team, 2x Second Team) Stephen Curry by a single point in the voting to bump Curry down a notch to the All-NBA Third Team. (NBA.com)
Votes for the All-NBA Teams are cast by 100 members of the media with five points going towards a first place vote, three points for a second place vote and one-point for a third place vote.
DeRozan and Curry had the same number of first place votes (2) and second place votes (39), however DeRozan received one more third place vote (38 vs 37) to grab the final spot on the All-NBA Second Team with 165 points.
In last year’s voting, DeRozan (62 points) finished just 12 points ahead of the Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns (who just missed the cut) to claim the second last spot on the 2016-17 All-NBA Third Team with four Second Team votes and 50 Third Team votes. That was 40 points behind the next closest vote getter Bulls Jimmy Butler and just eight points ahead of the Clippers DeAndre Jordan. Both Butler (81 points) and Towns (54 points) made the All-NBA Third Team this year. Jordan did not receive a vote this time.
Of note, the Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry had three points in the All-NBA Team voting this year.
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