NEW YORK - Led by the Suns, the Western Conference grabbed all the limelight of the All-NBA team on Thursday.
Phoenix point guard Steve Nash was an unanimous selection to the team and was joined by Suns teammate Amare Stoudemire on a squad made up entirely of Western Conference players.
Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio forward Tim Duncan and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, the league's leading scorer, rounded out the first team. "It's a tough conference," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Nash, the league's two-time defending MVP, received 129 first-place votes and 645 total points from the panel of 129 media members. "You're playing with the best players in the world, and to be mentioned in the top group is something I'm very proud of," the point guard said.
Nash and Stoudemire are the first teammates to make the first team since Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in 2003-04.