The 2020-21 NBA season was certainly different given all of the circumstances of the worldwide pandemic and the daily life of the NBA being changed, but nonetheless, a regular season was still successfully played and the playoffs are as good as they have been!
From new teams taking the top spots in each conference to recurring playoff contenders playing at a high-level once again, this NBA season offered a ton of memories and opportunities for new players to jump onto the scene. We have even seen this narrative reflective in this year’s NBA awards!
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the recipient of this year’s Defensive Player of the Year, marking the third time in the last four years that he has won the award, but the other awards that have been announced so far feature new names being recognized.
Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson was the recipient of this year’s Sixth-Man of the Year award, the second major recognition next to being named to the 2014-2015 All-Rookie team that Clarkson has received, and Knicks forward Julius Randle was named this year’s Most Improved Player. Becoming an All-Star for the first-time in his career and receiving this award was the first few league accolades that Randle has received.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was also a new award winner this year, being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2020-21 season. Jokic became the lowest drafted player ever to win the award and the first player in Nuggets history to be named MVP.
With most of the awards for this year given out and the playoffs heading towards the Conference Finals in each conference, the NBA released the 15 players that have been recognized and voted in as this year’s All-NBA performers, so let’s take a look at the All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams to see which NBA superstars made this year’s list.