Without looking at the overall #s, I would have probably put Yao as my first team Center. But thats about the only beef I have..oh..maybe Elton Brand over TD for 2nd team and Arenas over VC for 3rd team.
F Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas)
F LeBron James (Cleveland)
C Shaquille O'Neal (Miami)
G Steve Nash (Phoenix)
G Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
F Shawn Marion (Phoenix)
F Tim Duncan (San Antonio)
C Ben Wallace (Detroit)
G Chauncey Billups (Detroit)
G Dwyane Wade (Miami)
F Carmelo Anthony (Denver)
F Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers)
C Yao Ming (Houston)
G Tony Parker (San Antonio)
G Vince Carter (New Jersey)
Toughest omissions: Pau Gasol (Memphis), Gilbert Arenas (Washington) and Jason Kidd (New Jersey)
Voters are instructed on the All-NBA ballot to "vote for the player at the position that he plays regularly."
This ballot would have looked different if voters were given a little more latitude.
I wanted to name Duncan and Gasol as centers because A) Shaq and Yao both played less than 60 games because of injuries and B) Duncan and Gasol play enough in the post to justify billing them as centers.
In that scenario, Duncan would have been my first-teamer largely because he grinded through a nagging case of plantar fasciitis to appear in 80 games and help the Spurs secure the West's No. 1 overall seed. Gasol would have been my second-team center and Shaq would shift to the third team, enabling me to move Carter to third-team forward and thus make room for Arenas.
But there wasn't room for Gasol (eclipsed by Anthony since the All-Star break) and Arenas (his Wiz didn't quite win enough) because the league wants us picking "real" centers. Yao had the best individual season of the three, but the Rockets' disastrous season as a team relegated him to third on this scorecard behind Shaq and Big Ben.
Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson and Paul Pierce didn't get serious third-team consideration from me because none of their teams reached the playoffs. The tougher call on the third team was trying to figure out which Net to choose: Carter or Kidd. -- Marc Stein