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Who deserves top honors?

The picks for All-NBA teams and individual awards (PER Diem: April 25, 2012)

Updated: April 26, 2012, 12:49 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
LeBron James and Kevin DurantIssac Baldizon/NBAEGetty ImagesMiami's LeBron James and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant have been the best of the best this season.

Yep, it's awards time again. But this year there's a bit of a twist, because there is virtually no controversy about any of the major awards, save for the can-we-kill-this-thing-already foolishness of the Most Improved trophy. Rather than contriving a tortured case for some out-of-left-field candidate for one of the major awards (although "Mozgov for MVP" tempts me), we're gonna take this in a very different direction.

Because there is some controversy about a different distinction that's also a kinda-sorta award vote: the spots on the All-NBA team. And sorting out this team sort of gets to the crux of the issue behind most award choices -- namely, who was better than whom this season.

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