The Ages 25-29 All-NBA Team

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LaMarcus Aldridge posts up David Lee. Image courtesy of www.columbian.com

When professional athletes turn 25 years of age people generally begin to say those players are in their prime. A player’s prime is typically a five year window where they are able to maximize their potential by meshing skill and athleticism. Players in all sports generally begin to decline when they turn 30 and sharply decline around 35. There will always be a few athletes who break the mold and thrive in their 30s rather than their 20s but most professional basketball players take flight in their mid to late 20s. This list is stacked with those players right in the middle of their prime. The Under 25 All-NBA team was loaded, but they can’t hold a candle to this lineup.

My 25-29 All-NBA Team (clicking player’s name will take you to basketball-reference page)

PG: Chris Paul (27)
Since entering the league, CP3 has been viewed as the NBAs premiere point guard. Eight seasons later, nothing has changed. I remember people debating whether Chris Paul or Deron Williams was the best, then it was Paul or Rose, pretty soon it will be Paul or Irving. Save yourself the time because right now, there’s Chris Paul…then there’s everybody else. If LeBron James didn’t exist, Chris Paul would probably be a two-time MVP. His Clippers team is the best team he has played on in his career and an NBA championship would cement CP3s legacy as one of the greatest point guards of all time.

SG: Andre Iguodala (28)
Iggy might not be a true shooting guard, but who else do I put here? Monta Ellis? J.R. Smith? Nah I’m going with the guard-forward tweener who won Olympic Gold this past summer and is a true lockdown defender. He gives Denver a player who can’t stop, but can slow, superscorers Kobe and KD. Iguodala isn’t a great isolation player but is a good cutter and finisher, especially if he is receiving pin-point passes and lobs from CP3.

SF: LeBron James (28)
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, no sane person can deny that LeBron James is the best player in the world. Yes, Lakers fans, he is better than Kobe. He is one of the most incredible athletic specimens sports have ever seen. LBJ is an incredibly efficient player who has continued to diversify his game. Even on nights where D-Wade and Bosh struggle, James usually finds a way to carry the Heat to victory. The next best SF is Carmelo Anthony, who may be a better scorer than LeBron but that is the only part of his game that is even close to the King.

PF: David Lee (29)
The most difficult selection I’ve had to make so far was between LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee. I thought about Josh Smith but if it isn’t a lefty hook shot or a dunk, then it’s a brick. What ultimately led me to choose Lee over Aldridge was the diversity to his game. D-Lee, for his career, averages 2 more rebounds per game than Aldridge and is a much better passer. Another reason I chose him is because his offensive game (particularly face-up game) is a much better fit with the center for this team, who needs the paint to himself to operate.

C: Dwight Howard (27)
“What’s wrong with Dwight?” “The season has been a Dwightmare.” “He just doesn’t fit the Lakers system.” I laugh whenever I hear things like that because it is obvious Dwight is playing at less than 100% after back surgery yet he still has posted averages of 16.7 pts, 12 rbs and 2.5 blks per game! He hasn’t been the player we are used to seeing but he has still been very good and the Lakers woes go much deeper than Dwight’s struggles. A healthy Howard is a top 5, maybe top 3, player in the league. He makes this team deadly and I would love to see this lineup in the 2016 Rio Games.

2nd Team 25-29
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Carmelo Anthony
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
C: Joakim Noah

3rd Team 25-29
PG: Deron Williams
SG: J.R. Smith
SF: Luol Deng
PF: Josh Smith
C: Marc Gasol

Check out the other squads:
The Under 25 All-NBA Teams
The Over 30 All-NBA Teams

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