Written By Wake Forest Athletics
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest legends Tim Duncan and Chris Paul were both named to the All-NBA first team, as announced by the league office on Thursday.
Wake Forest is the first school with multiple All-NBA first teamers in the same season since Georgetown (Allen Iverson and Alonzo Mourning) in 1998-99.
For Duncan, the first team selection was his first since 2006-07. Overall, it was Duncan's 14th selection to the All-NBA teams which ties him for third all-time along with Karl Malone and Shaquille O'Neal. Duncan is just one All-NBA selection behind Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time record. Duncan is one of only 22 players in NBA history to earn all-league honors at least three times.
In his 16th year in the NBA in 2012-13, Duncan averaged 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.65 blocks in 30.1 minutes. His 2.65 blocks per game ranked third in the NBA, and his 8.1 defensive rebounds per game ranked fifth in the league.
Earlier this month, Duncan was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Duncan's 14 All-Defensive Team selections for his career are the most in NBA history.
Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are just two wins away from the NBA Finals. Duncan is seeking his fifth NBA title since being the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft.
For Paul, this marks his third first team selection and fifth All-NBA selection overall in eight seasons in the league.
Paul, who was named MVP of the 2013 All-Star Game, led the Los Angeles Clippers to the most successful regular season in franchise history. L.A. won the franchise's first-ever Pacific Division title and finished with a 56-26 record. The Clippers were upset by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Paul averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.41 steals in 33.4 minutes per game. He led the league in steals and assists-to-turnover ratio while finishing second in the NBA in assists.
This season, Paul became the fourth player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career points and 5,000 career assists before his 28th birthday.
Wake Forest Sports Information Dept.