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James Harden earns unanimous All-NBA 1st team selection

Apr 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) before playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game five of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) before playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game five of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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In a complete turnaround after last year’s snub, James Harden was unanimously selected as one of the guards for the All-NBA 1st team.

It was assumed all season long that James Harden would make a return to the All-NBA teams, and now it’s official. Not only did the Beard get voted to the All-NBA 1st team, but he did so unanimously. No other player had such an honor for the 2016-2017 season.

Joining Harden on the 1st team are LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, and his MVP-candidate rival, Russell Westbrook.

2017 All-NBA vote totals ⬇️

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James Harden was infamously snubbed last year from the All-NBA rosters despite averaging 29 points per game along with 7.5 assists and 6.1 rebounds. In his return year, he put up an astounding per contest average of 29 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds.

After not being named one of the top 15 players in the league last season, Harden will likely be the runner-up to the MVP award this year. That should put him squarely at the top of the Most Improved Player list. It won’t, but it should. If he were rightfully snubbed last season it’d be a different story, but I digress.

Hopefully this honor will help take the public’s mind off of the terrible second round exit that Harden led his Houston Rockets to last week. His 2016-2017 season was spectacular despite the unfortunate end, and this unanimous All-NBA selection validates that.

Next: Where do the Rockets go from here?

Stay tuned to Space City Scoop for more coverage on James Harden and the Houston Rockets.

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