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Blake Griffin and the 1st Team All-NBA.

It looks like Blake has a very good chance at finishing in the top 3 for MVP voting this season. But I'll be honest, it's a little bit disappointing that he probably won't break into the 1st team All-NBA this season. Besides that, he'll have a hard time even after this season. The 1st team forwards have been LeBron and KD for the last 4 years. To put that in some historical perspective, that is the longest streak for two forwards since Elgin Baylor and Bob Pettit were on the 1st team together for 6 consecutive seasons (1958-59 to 1963-64). More recently Magic and MJ did had the 1st team backcourt locked up for 5 consecutive seasons in the late 80s and early 90s. Leborn and KD are two of the all time greats, so what does Blake have to do to make the 1st team?

Well, I wouldn't be surprised if the NBA changed the ballot like it did with the All Star starters and and allowed voters to vote for 3 frontcourt players and two backcourt players.

There is also the possibility that either Lebron or KD, neither or whom are traditional back to the basket players, could be voted in as a guard. Tracy McGrady did make the 1st team as a forward one year and the guard the next, but this would take some kind of organized campaign to get the voters to all vote that way.

The other way that Blake makes the 1st team is that he just outplays the other two. I think this year is already a lost cause, but with Lebron and KD in the prime's of there careers this isn't a problem that is going away. One thing that I think would help Blake next year is a long playoff run this year. I know All-NBA is a regular season award, but voters are swayed by winning, and if Blake starts off next year like he's playing this year, and the Clippers are fresh off a NBA title, Blake will be in the MVP discussion all season long. Post season awards are as much about perception as they are about actually play, so every little bit helps.

But at the end of the day, 1st team All-NBA or not, as long as Blake keeps improving I'll be a happy camper.

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