Blazers' Roy earns All-NBA third-team selection

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will be named to the 2009-10 All-NBA third team.

Roy led the Blazers in average points (21.5) this season, while ranking second in minutes (37.2) and assists (4.7).

Roy’s selection will mark his second consecutive All-NBA appearance — the fourth-year guard earned second-team honors last season.

Roy was also named to his third consecutive NBA All-Star team this season, despite missing 17 regular-season and three playoff games due to injuries.

Press release:

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy was named to the 2009-10 All-NBA Third Team, the NBA announced today.

Roy, named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2008-09, becomes the third Trail Blazer in franchise history to earn multiple All-NBA Team honors, joining Clyde Drexler (four) and Bill Walton (two). He is the only Trail Blazer to be named to both the All-Rookie Team and All-NBA Team during his career.

“We’re honored that the sportswriters and broadcasters who cover our league have again recognized Brandon as one of the best players in the game,” Trail Blazers General Manager Kevin Pritchard said. “Our success this season was largely a result of Brandon’s leadership and determination. For him to step back on the court only eight days after knee surgery is a true reflection of just the kind of player and person he is and how badly he wants to win.”

Roy, 25, averaged a team-best 21.5 points to go with 4.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 37.2 minutes in 65 games (all starts) during the 2009-10 season. He was one of just four NBA players to average at least 21.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists (Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade). The fourth-year guard scored 23 points or more in 15 straight games from Dec. 1-Jan. 2, the longest stretch of 23-point outings in franchise history.

The three-time NBA All-Star helped the Trail Blazers overcome 311 games missed to injury – the most among playoff teams – leading the Trail Blazers to a second consecutive 50-win season and the sixth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

Cleveland forward LeBron James, Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, Orlando center Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Miami guard Dwyane Wade were named to the 2009-10 All-NBA First Team by a panel of 122 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Denver forward Carmelo Anthony, Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, Phoenix center Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix guard Steve Nash and Utah guard Deron Williams received All-NBA Second Team honors.

Joining Roy on the All-NBA Third Team are San Antonio forward Tim Duncan, L.A. Lakers forward Pau Gasol, Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut and Atlanta guard Joe Johnson.

Trail Blazers forward/center Marcus Camby also received votes, earning three points.

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