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2014-15 All-NBA teams announced: LeBron James, Stephen Curry lead all players in votes

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The best 15 players of the season were announced by the league on Thursday.

LeBron James, Stephen Curry and others highlight this year's All-NBA teams, which were announced by the league on Thursday. LeBron James and Stephen Curry led all players in votes with 645 each while James Harden came in third with 637.

The first team is comprised of James, Curry, Harden, Anthony Davis and  Marc Gasol. The second team features Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins and Pau Gasol. The third team consists of Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan and DeAndre Jordan.

For James, it's his seventh straight All-NBA first team and the 10th straight he's been named overall. Other than his rookie season in 2003-04, the Cavaliers' star forward has been an All-NBA member every season of his career. Curry, on the other hand, earned second team honors a year ago before making the leap to the first team this season. It's Harden's third appearance.

The Atlanta Hawks became the first team in league history to win 60 games and not have any players selected to an All-NBA team. It comes after four different Hawks were members of this year's Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Here are all three All-NBA teams for the 2014-15 NBA season.

First Team

Stephen Curry, Warriors: The game's best shooter took the rest of his game to another level in 2014-15, leading the Warriors to a franchise-record 67 wins and the No. 1 seed in the West. With per-game averages of nearly 24 points, eight assists and two steals, Curry may have been the best guard, if not player, in the league.

LeBron James, Cavaliers: James wasn't himself early in the season but showed his dominance as the games past to lead the Cavaliers to the second seed in the East. He averaged 25 points, six rebounds and over seven assists per game while providing leadership to his young teammates. James might not have been the MVP but he was still the best player in the game in 2014/15.

Anthony Davis, Pelicans: Davis is evolving faster than anyone expected and took the leap to superstardom in his third season in the league. His 24 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks are unprecedented for such a young player. Those are not empty stats either, as he led his squad to the postseason. This is his first appearance in the All-NBA team but it definitely won't be his last. It will be Davis' league soon.

James Harden, Rockets: A master at drawing fouls around the basket, Harden led the league in minutes played, points scored, free throws attempted and free throws made this season. The Rockets wouldn't have come close to sniffing the No. 2 seed without his 27 points, seven assists and nearly six rebounds per game.

Marc Gasol, Grizzlies: The younger Gasol took a more prominent role on offense for the Grizzlies this season, averaging three more points per game than last year. His defense didn't suffer from it, remaining elite, and he still found the time to assists his teammates almost four times a night. Gasol doesn't put the type of numbers other players do, which explains why this is only his second All-NBA nod. But there's no doubt his an elite player deserving of the honor.

Second Team

LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers: Aldridge's brilliance is often taken for granted because of how consistent he is but it's undeniable he was one of the best players in the league this season. He averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds while leading his team to a division title despite multiple injuries. This is the third time the 29-year-old power forward has made an All-NBA team and is certainly well-deserved.

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings: Cousins continues to toil away in a bad Kings team, which often makes him overlooked. The numbers, however, show how dominant he was this season. 24 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and over three combined steals and blocks per game are hard to ignore. Cousins made his first All-Star game this year and now he got an All-NBA nod. His once spotty reputation is improving thanks to his stellar play.

Pau Gasol, Bulls: Gasol was considered to be on the decline after a down season in Los Angeles with the Lakers but looked rejuvenated in his first season in Chicago. He averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks a game and provided the Bulls with a go-to option in the post. At 34, it looks like Gasol still has some good years left.

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: He couldn't save OKC's season after Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka went down, but not for a lack of trying. Westbrook was absolutely electric down the stretch for the Thunder, averaging over 31 points, 10 assists and nearly nine rebounds from the beginning of February through the end of the season.

Chris Paul, Clippers: Paul was overlooked all season long thanks to the two-man race for MVP between Curry and James Harden but was as good as he's ever been, finishing the season 19 points, 10 assists and two steals per game. He led the Clippers when Blake Griffin was down with injury and was the main reason they finished with the third seed in the East.

Third Team

Blake Griffin, Clippers: Griffin took his game to new levels this season. While his scoring and rebounding were down this year, he developed into a deadly mid-range threat and emerged as arguably the league's best passing big man, averaging over five assists a game. Anyone who still thinks all the now four-time All-NBA forward does is dunk hasn't seen him play in a while.

Tim Duncan, Spurs: Tim Duncan shows no signs of decline even at 39 years of age. The two time league MVP is not the player he was in his prime but he's still one of the most well-rounded players in the game, as his 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in only 29 minutes a game prove. This is Duncan's 15th All-NBA appearance in his 18 year in the league. He's a living legend.

DeAndre Jordan, Clippers: Jordan led the league in rebounds per game with 15 and blocked the third most total shots in 2014/15. He was the backbone of the Clippers' defense and stepped up his game when Griffin was out with an elbow injury. His 11.5 points per game were a career high and he suited up for every game of the season for the third straight time. Durable centers who defend and rebound have value and that's why Jordan made the team.

Klay Thompson, Warriors: Thompson made the leap from promising young player to up and coming star in 2014/15. He was an All-Star for the first time and is now making his first All-NBA squad. Thompson's 22 points per game and stingy defense make him one of the best two-way players in the league and deserving of the honor.

Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers: It was unclear how Irving's ball-dominant game was going to fit next to LeBron James' but the fourth-year guard made it work. He played off the ball more and shot a career-high 41 percent from beyond the arc. He also improved his effort on defense and his leadership to help lead the Cavaliers to the second best record in the East.

Also receiving votes: Kawhi Leonard, Paul Millsap, Al Horford, John Wall, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, Draymond Green, Zach Randolph, Jeff Teague, Andrew Bogut, Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Andre Drummond, Gordon Haywood, Kyle Korver, Joakim Noah, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Mike Conley, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton.