Not that it’s going to bring anyone in off of the ledge, but here’s a bit of good news for Magic fans. Dwight Howard earned a spot on the All-NBA First Team. Now that Dwight has overtaken this spot, I don’t expect him to let it go for the next decade or so. Here’s part of the release from the NBA:
NEW YORK, May 13, 2009 – Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic was named to the 2008-09 All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced today. Joining Howard on the First Team are Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. Howard, an All-NBA First Team selection for the second consecutive season, led the NBA in rebounding (13.8 rpg) and blocks (2.9 bpg), becoming only the fourth player to pace the league in both categories since 1973-74, the first season where blocks were kept as an official statistic. Howard led the Magic in scoring (20.6 ppg), while shooting .572 from the field. His 63 double-doubles ranked second in the league (David Lee, New York , 65). This is Howard’s third All-NBA selection overall (First Team, 2007-08; Third Team, 2006-07).
Hedo Turkoglu was the only other Magic player to earn an All-NBA vote.