2018-19 All-NBA Teams: James Harden, Steph Curry Make 1st; LeBron James on 3rd

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 26:  Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks is defended by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Fiserv Forum on March 26, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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After engaging in a hotly contested MVP race, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston Rockets’ James Harden were the only unanimous selections for the 2018-19 All-NBA team. 

Joining Antetokounmpo and Harden on the first team are Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. 

The voting results affected several players’ quests for new long-term contracts:

Antetokounmpo, who is trying to get the Bucks to the NBA Finals, is making his first-team debut.

The 24-year-old was on the second team in each of the previous two years but took another step forward in 2018-19 with a career-high 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game for the NBA’s best regular-season squad.

Harden continues to hold serve on the All-NBA first team. This marks his third straight selection and fifth in the previous six years.

The reigning MVP was included thanks to a league-leading 36.1 points per game, the seventh-highest single-season mark in NBA history. He also did something this season that only Michael Jordan accomplished (1988-89):