Picking the All-NBA, All-Rookie, and All-Defense teams for the 2023-24 season

Mar 17, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA;  Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) speaks with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15)
Mar 17, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) speaks with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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First Team

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

No frills here. These were the top 5 MVP candidates all season and they’ve been consistently the best players in the league, all leading their teams to winning seasons. Tatum vs Brunson was the hardest decision here, but Tatum has been the best player on the best team all year and I’m not going to knock him for coasting down the stretch because his team so thoroughly dominated the whole season.

Second Team

Jalen Brunson, New York Knicks

Kevin Durant, Phoenix Suns

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves

There’s nothing too controversial on this squad either. Brunson had a legitimate MVP case and he’s been incredible for the Knicks. Edwards has emerged as one of the 10 or so best players in the league and led a contending team on both ends of the floor. KD, AD, and Kawhi all keep chugging along and earned these spots with stellar two-way play.

Third Team

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics

Domantas Sabonis, Sacramento Kings

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers

Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers

Here’s where things get very interesting. The Celtics were just too good not to have a second player and Brown was incredible on both ends while sacrificing on offense to make the team better. Sabonis brought it every single night, setting a remarkable record for consecutive double-doubles. 

Curry is still Curry and the amount to which he carried the Dubs offense this year was ridiculous. PG-13 had one of his best years as a pro and was absolutely rock solid on both ends. Haliburton wasn’t quite the same player after returning from injury, but he was arguably the best offensive player in the league for the first half of the season.

The toughest players to leave off the list were LeBron James and Devin Booker. Both had great seasons, but I just don’t think their teams were good enough to warrant two of the top 15 players in the NBA.