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Nikola Jokic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander headline All-NBA First Team

Wed May 22 9:17pm ET
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Just two weeks after being named MVP for the third time in five years, Denver Nuggets star big man Nikola Jokic added to his resume on Wednesday night by landing on the All-NBA First Team for the fourth time in his career.

Jokic was one of two unanimous selections to garner first-team votes on all 99 ballots from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, joining Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum joined Jokic and Gilgeous-Alexander on the All-NBA First Team.

Also named MVP following the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, Jokic stuffed the stat sheet again in 2023-24, averaging 26.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 1.4 steals across 79 games (all starts) for Denver.

However, Jokic couldn't save the Nuggets from the Timberwolves in the postseason, as Minnesota eliminated Denver in seven games in a Western Conference semifinal series.

Gilgeous-Alexander secured a spot on the First Team for the second time after propelling Oklahoma City to the top of the West. The Thunder went 57-25 to secure the No. 1 seed, but they too came up short of the conference finals, falling to Dallas in six games in the second round.

In 75 regular-season games, Gilgeous-Alexander finished with averages of 30.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.2 assists.

Doncic, Antetokounmpo and Tatum have all established themselves as staples on the First Team, with Doncic making it five years in a row, Antetokounmpo making it six and Tatum making it three.

There's a chance for Doncic and Tatum to collide in the NBA Finals, if, of course, the Mavericks can beat the Timberwolves in the Western Conference finals and Boston can take care of the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics are up 1-0 on Indiana, and Dallas' series with Minnesota was set to start later Wednesday.

Speaking of the Timberwolves, Minnesota guard Anthony Edwards was an All-NBA Second Team selection. It marks the first time he has made an All-NBA team.

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson, Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis also made the Second Team.

The All-NBA Third Team consists of guards Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Devin Booker (Suns) and Tyrese Haliburton (Pacers), Lakers forward LeBron James and Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis.

Player Notes
Kristaps Porzingis Wed May 22 7:10pm

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (calf) won't play on Thursday night versus the Pacers. The veteran has been sidelined for nearly a month because of a right Soleus strain. Fortunately, it appears Porzingis is moving in the right direction, with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that he could be back for Game 4 on Monday night. With Xavier Tillman Sr. (personal) questionable, Al Horford and Luke Kornet should continue to absorb nearly all of the minutes in the middle. However, Horford is the better DFS option by far.

Jayson Tatum Wed May 22 7:10pm

According to Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla, forward Jayson Tatum could spend time at center at some point during the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Pacers. While Mazzulla wasn't definitive about it, Tatum's potential move to the middle could mean less work for Al Horford, who has been starting in place of Kristaps Porzingis. With that in mind, Porzingis could be back for Game 4 on Monday, meaning Horford's DFS outlook for the rest of the series doesn't look as promising as it was during the Conference semifinals. It is even worse news for Luke Kornet, although the door could be open for Sam Hauser to get more action.

Jalen Brunson Wed May 22 6:50pm

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (hand) underwent successful surgery on his left hand, which he injured in the Game 7 Eastern Conference semifinals loss to the Pacers. He will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks. Brunson, who is expected to sign a lucrative extension this summer, finished the 2023-24 campaign by averaging a career-high 28.7 points and 6.7 assists in 77 appearances. He also received MVP consideration. The 27-year-old should be good to go before training camp starts, barring a setback, and he's expected to be a top-10 fantasy option in all formats heading into the new season.

Bojan Bogdanovic Wed May 22 6:50pm

New York Knicks forward Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist) underwent successful surgery on his left wrist and will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks. The 35-year-old began the 2023-24 campaign in Detroit, where he averaged 20.2 points and shot 41.5% from deep. He was traded to New York ahead of the deadline. However, he struggled in 29 games with the Knicks, averaging only 10.4 points. Bogdanovic has one year left on his current contract. Although his fantasy stock can't get much lower, he could work his way into the rotation in 2024-25, especially if the team makes moves this summer.

T.J. McConnell Wed May 22 10:10am

Indiana Pacers point guard T.J. McConnell continued his strong stretch of performances with a good 25-minute outing in Tuesday's Game 1 loss to Boston. He scored 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting off the bench and dished out four assists while recording three rebounds and one steal. McConnell has become a very useful spark plug off the pine for the Pacers, posting a pair of double-doubles and scoring in double figures in six of the last eight games. Boston has one of the most unproductive benches in the league, meaning Indiana's second unit has a big role to play in the series if the team wants to match the Celtics.

Myles Turner Wed May 22 9:50am

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner contributed all over the floor in Tuesday's Game 1 against Boston, registering 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in a 133-128 overtime loss. Indiana's big man got off to a red-hot start in the contest and racked up 18 points in the first half with 7-for-10 shooting. His scoring pace was much slower after the break, but it was still an impressive outing from Turner, who finished with 9-for-13 shooting, hitting three of his four attempts from deep. Indiana will hope to see more of the same from Turner in Game 2.

Pascal Siakam Wed May 22 9:50am

Indiana Pacers forward/center Pascal Siakam scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the team took a heartbreaking 133-128 overtime loss against the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday. The former Raptor finished without a made three-pointer for the first time in four games but went a solid 12-for-23 overall from the field and led the Pacers starters with a plus-five rating after also posting seven assists and one steal. This marks Siakam's first double-double since he opened the playoffs with two in two games. It's been a struggle for him on the glass, but things have clicked for Siakam offensively following a quiet spell. The Cameroonian star has gone for 20-plus points in five of his last six appearances.

Tyrese Haliburton Wed May 22 9:40am

Indiana Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton finished Tuesday's Game 1 loss against Boston with a team-high 25 points, 10 assists, three rebounds, three steals, and one block. His productive outing included six made three-pointers, which tied the NBA record for most triples made in a Conference Finals debut. Haliburton sunk a couple of crazy efforts from deep and finished 6-for-14 from behind the arc while going 8-for-18 overall from the field. That's now back-to-back games with six made shots from three-point range for him, and Haliburton ended a seven-game run without a double-double on Tuesday, which will be encouraging for the Pacers. However, Haliburton also had a couple of bad turnovers at crucial times, and he will need to do better in that department in Thursday's Game 2.

Jayson Tatum Wed May 22 9:30am

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum had a big double-double in Tuesday's Eastern Conference Finals opener against Indiana, scoring a game-high 36 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to help the team to a 133-128 overtime win. He scored 11 of Boston's 16 points in overtime after Jaylen Brown had hit a tough three-pointer to extend the game. With him shooting 12-for-26 from the field, Tatum wasn't very efficient with his scoring, but his overall work, which included four assists and three steals, resulted in a game-best plus-20 rating. It's scary what he could do if he shoots better in Game 2. Tatum will enter Thursday's contest with a four-game double-double streak.

Jrue Holiday Wed May 22 9:30am

Boston Celtics guard Jrue Holiday had by far the best offensive outing of the 2024 postseason on Tuesday, finishing a 133-128 overtime victory against Indiana in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals with 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Entering Tuesday, Holiday hasn't managed more than 18 points in any playoff game this year, finishing with less than 10 points in four of 10 games, but he looked like a different man on the court Tuesday night. As usual, Holiday, who finished 4-for-8 with the three-ball, also made his mark defensively, snagging three steals, and he capped off his line with seven rebounds and eight assists. This could be another quick series for Boston if Holiday can keep up his form for the rest of the week.

Jaylen Brown Wed May 22 9:20am

Boston Celtics guard/forward Jaylen Brown kicked off the Eastern Conference Finals in style, playing a massive role in a 133-128 overtime win in Game 1 on Tuesday. Brown hit a tough contested corner triple to take the game into the extra frame and stood out at the other end in overtime, stealing the ball with 37 seconds remaining, which helped Boston to get over the finish line. The three-time All-Star had three total steals in the game and added a block at the defensive end while scoring 26 points on 10-for-20 shooting. It was a full line from Brown in Game 1, as he also recorded seven rebounds and five assists. Brown has been very potent in these playoffs, reaching the 25-point plateau in five of the last seven games.

D'Angelo Russell Tue May 21 10:00pm

According to Kelly Iko of The Athletic, Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell is drawing interest from the Orlando Magic. The 28-year-old is coming off a quality season, averaging 18.0 points, 6.3 assists, and 3.1 rebounds. He also shot a career-high 41.5% from deep. He can earn nearly $19 million if he accepts his player option. But if Russell wants to test the market, the Magic could look to add some stability to their backcourt, something the team desperately needs. From a fantasy standpoint, he's expected to remain a reliable option no matter where he ends up, although injuries have sometimes overshadowed his play throughout his career.

Mike Conley Tue May 21 9:50pm

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Mike Conley (calf) is questionable for Wednesday's postseason battle with the Mavericks. The 36-year-old suffered a right Soleus strain during the Western Conference semifinals against OKC. While the injury cost him Game 5, he was available for the series' final two contests. Conley averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and shot 52.9% from deep in four regular-season meetings versus Dallas. However, he's not always reliable for DFS purposes, and he may be even less dependable due to the injury.

Ja Morant Tue May 21 9:40pm

According to Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins, guard Ja Morant (shoulder) is progressing in rehab from a torn labrum suffered back in January. "Everything is going well," said Jenkins while speaking to the media at an event. "He's going to be pretty close to full go on the court." The multi-time All-Star began last season serving a 25-game suspension before averaging 25.1 points and 8.1 assists in nine appearances. Unfortunately, he sustained a torn labrum and had to undergo season-ending surgery. Without a doubt, Morant is one of the best players in the National Basketball Association. However, he's had issues staying healthy over the years while being involved in several off-the-court incidents. But he's an excellent bounce-back candidate for 2024-25, although category participants haven't appreciated his career 31.8% shooting from deep.

Luka Doncic Tue May 21 9:40pm

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (knee, ankle) is probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. The multi-time All-Star continues to battle knee and ankle soreness. However, these ailments aren't new, so he'll be on the floor on Wednesday evening, barring a setback. Doncic went crazy in two meetings with Minnesota during the regular season, averaging 36.5 points, 10.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals. But he might have a difficult time remaining as productive, considering his multiple injuries have impacted his scoring ability throughout the postseason.

Paul George Tue May 21 9:20pm

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, speaking on FanDuel TV's Up and Adams, there is a "growing belief" that Paul George will remain with the Clippers. The veteran could become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he doesn't sign an extension and declines his $48.8 million option. While he has interest from several clubs, it appears he may remain in Los Angeles. George isn't the player he once was. However, the 34-year-old still averaged 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 74 regular-season appearances for the Clippers. He also shot a career-high 41.3% from behind the three-point line. With that said, George will remain a coveted fantasy option for all formats heading into the 2024-25 campaign. But his inability to stay healthy during his career is something fantasy managers should keep in mind when drafting.

Kristaps Porzingis Tue May 21 9:10pm

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, speaking on NBA Countdown ahead of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (calf) could be back for Game 4 on Monday. Wojnarowski indicated the team won't rush him back, which is understandable if the C's build a decisive lead in the series with Indiana. However, if anything, the update means that Boston could have him back for the NBA Finals, assuming the Celtics advance. The 28-year-old averaged 20.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks during the regular season. But Porzingis hasn't been on the floor in nearly a month, meaning he could be limited once he's cleared to return. In the meantime, DFS managers should expect Al Horford to absorb most of the minutes in the middle, with Luke Kornet coming in for relief.

Rudy Gobert Tue May 21 5:10pm

On Tuesday, Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Gobert has been named to the All-Defensive First Team seven times during his 11-year career. Minnesota's big man has been a critical factor in the Timberwolves' postseason run to the Western Conference Finals, starting Wednesday against Dallas. The Defensive Player of the Year has suited up for 10 playoff games, averaging 12.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1.0 steals across 34.3 minutes on the court per game.

Victor Wembanyama Tue May 21 4:30pm

San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama is the first rookie to be selected to the NBA All-Defensive first team. The National Basketball Association has named an All-Defensive first and second team since the 1968-69 season. Wembanyama was also awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year earlier in the month. In 71 regular season contests, the 20-year-old rookie averaged 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 3.6 blocks, and 1.2 steals during 29.7 minutes per game.

Jalen Brunson Tue May 21 3:50pm

New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson is expected to sign a massive four-year, $156 million contract extension this summer, according to Steve Popper of Newsday Sports. Brunson fractured his left hand during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Indiana. Across 13 postseason contests, the 27-year-old was phenomenal, averaging 32.4 points, 7.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 39.8 minutes per contest.