This season's All-NBA teams are not going to be announced for another month or so, but with the regular season now over, players around the league have made their cases to be recognized among the best players in the league.
The three teams will consist of two backcourt players and three frontcourt players each. Here is a look at who Chat Sports projects to be on those three teams, along with a team of honorable mentions:
PG Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers - 18.1 ppg, 9.2 apg, 5.0 rpg
PG Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors - 22.4 ppg, 7.0 apg, 4.8 rpg
SF Paul George, Indiana Pacers - 23.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.3 apg
SF Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz - 21.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.5 apg
C Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat - 17.0 ppg, 14.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg
Paul would have likely been on the second or third team had he not missed 21 games this season, and with the many quality point guards in the league, he'll find himself on the outside looking in. Same goes for Lowry, who missed 22 games this year. George, Hayward and Whiteside can make compelling cases to be on the third team, but the middling success of all their teams barely keep them from making the cut.
PG John Wall, Washington Wizards - 23.1 ppg, 10.7 apg, 4.2 rpg
PG Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers - 27.0 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.9 rpg
SF DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors - 27.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.9 ap g
SF Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls - 23.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.5 apg
C Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves - 25.1 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Wall has been the driving force behind Washington's surprising rise in the East, while DeRozan was been the best player on the No. 3 team in the conference. Butler is the only reason why the Bulls made the playoffs, and Lillard had an incredible second half of the year to bring Portland back to the postseason. As for Towns, he was simply dominant.