Bryant Makes All-NBA First Team, Gasol Third

The NBA announced on Thursday that Kobe Bryant was selected to the All-NBA First Team for the fifth straight season and eighth time in his career, while teammate Pau Gasol was named to the Third Team.

Kobe finished fourth in the league in scoring (27.0 ppg), and averaged 5.4 assists and 5.0 rebounds in the regular season. He was selected as an All-Star starter for the 12th straight time, and led the Lakers to a Western Conference-best 57-25 record. Tim Duncan is the only active player with more First Team selections (nine), while Shaquille O’Neal also has eight.

Gasol made the third team despite missing 17 games in the regular season due to hamstring strains on respective legs, averaging 18.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.74 blocks while making his second straight and third overall All-Star appearance. The Spaniard tied Carlos Boozer for fifth in the NBA on the glass, eighth in blocked shots and 12th in field goal percentage (53.6 percent).

LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade join Bryant on the First Team, while Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Dirk Nowitzki made the Second Team. Gasol is flanked by Tim Duncan, Andrew Bogut, Joe Johnson and Brandon Roy.

For more details on the All-NBA teams, head over to Lakers.com.