Kobe Bryant has been named to the 2013 All-NBA first team, the NBA has announced. Bryant is joined by Chris Paul, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant. This will be the eleventh time that Bryant will receive All-NBA first team honors, and the eighth straight season. Bryant has tied the NBA record for most first team selections.
Bryant averaged 27.3 points per game on 46.3 percent shooting while also tying a career-high with 6 assists per game. He also had a career-high .504 effective field goal percentage. His offensive brilliance through the 2012-2013 season was on clear display as he took the reigns as both primary scorer and facilitator within the offense, especially while both Steve Nash and Steve Blake dealt with health issues, and he once again notched a first team nod from the league.
Dwight Howard was the only other member of the Los Angeles Lakers to be named to an All-NBA team, making the third team. This will be the first time since 2007 (All-NBA third team) that Howard was not named as a first team member. Howard battled through injuries through most of the season after undergoing major back surgery and playing through a torn labrum in his shoulder.
- Follow this author on Twitter @DrewGarrisonSBN