All Pro NBA 3rd Team
My 3rd All Pro NBA Team is a mix of controversial players, a bench player, and the most underrated point guard in the game today. I really like my third team choices and although I'm almost certain they will not be the players you would pick, I would go to battle for any of these guys to defend their right as top players in the league today.
Center- Andrew Bynum Lakers
My 3rd Team All Pro center is a lot like my 1st Team's center Dwight Howard in the sense that a lot of controversy has followed him throughout the season. Bynum through all the press has put together the fifth most double doubles this season with 37 and as a whole averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Bynum has been stellar this year defensively averaging 1.9 blocks per game. The 24 year old shot 56.2% from the field in 2012 and was third in the league in rebounding. The Lakers' All Star center is arguably the teams third best scorer but he would be the centerpiece to about half of the league's other teams.
Power Forward- Josh Smith Hawks
Josh Smith is one of the most underrated players in the game today. Smith averaged 18.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game this year. He even managed 3.8 dimes per game this season which was the most by any power forward this year. Josh currently has his Hawks sitting in the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Hawks All Star has never been given enough credit for his play so hopefully making my list as the 3rd best power forward in the game will help you realize how talented he truly is.
Small Forward- Carmelo Anthony Knicks
Carmelo had somewhat of an up and down season this year but when it's all said and done the 27 year old managed 22.7 points per match up. He added 6.3rebounds and 3.6 assists per game as well. He had a career high 1.38 assists to turnover ratio this season proving he was an efficient ball handler despite a poor season shooting. Carmelo surrounded by all of the controversy in New York, a coaching change and all of the Jeremy Linn publicity, got his Knicks securely in the playoffs. Melo was the third highest scorer of all of the small forwards this season only behind Kevin Durant and Lebron James. Anthony was also only one of twelve people to manage at least one triple double this season (April 17th vs. Boston) a feat Lebron, Durant, Kobe, and even Dwayne Wade didn't accomplish in 2012.
Shooting Guard- James Harden Thunder
Despite the fact that my 3rd Team shooting guard comes off the bench he still managed to put together an amazing stat line this year. Harden had career highs in points (16.8), assists (3.7), rebounds (4.1), and field goal percentage (49.1% FG) and (39% from 3). Harden did all of this playing on average only 31.4 minutes a game. The 22 year old was extremely efficient all year long and should run away with the 6th Man of the Year award.
Point Guard- Brandon Jennings Bucks
The Bucks point guard, a Compton California native, had a career year in terms of scoring with 19.1 points per game. His numbers are a direct result of his increase in shooting percentage (41.9% FG). Jennings has always been a personal favorite of mine and if he played in a market bigger than Milwaukee i'm certain he would get a lot more news coverage on his play. Jennings wasn't always the flashiest player on the court but he gave his Bucks a lot of consistency not missing a game all season long. Jennings is the most underrated point guard in the game today.
Deron Williams PG
Steve Nash PG
Serge Ibaka PF
Al Jefferson PF/C
Dirk Nowitzki PF
Paul Millsap PF
Marc Gasol PF/C
Well that does it for my All Pro NBA 3rd Team. If you disagree or would like to discuss my picks feel free to hit me on twitter @Awies28 i should respond quickly. Thanks again for reading.