Heat’s Hassan Whiteside finishes seventh among centers in All-NBA voting

Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) works the ball against Denver Nuggets Mason Plumlee (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Miami. The Nuggets defeated the Heat 116-113. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

MIAMI — Heat center Hassan Whiteside didn’t make the All-Star team, and he learned Thursday that he didn’t make an All-NBA team either.

Whiteside, who was the only Heat player to receive votes, placed seventh among centers in the voting for the All-NBA teams released Thursday. The teams were chosen by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

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New Orleans’ Anthony Davis was named the first-team All-NBA center, Utah’s Rudy Gobert was named the second-team All-NBA center, and Los Angeles’ DeAndre Jordan was named the third-team All-NBA center. Gobert and Jordan played on playoff teams, but Davis’ Pelicans finished with a 34-48 record and missed the playoffs.

Aside from the three centers who earned All-NBA status, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Memphis’ Marc Gasol and New Orleans’ DeMarcus Cousins were centers who also finished with more votes than Whiteside.

Despite not making an All-NBA team, it was still a career-best season for Whiteside. The 27-year-old averaged 17.0 points and a league-leading 14.1 rebounds.

The finalists for the NBA Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year awards will be announced Friday. The winners of those awards will be revealed at the NBA’s first-ever awards show on June 26.

Here are the complete All-NBA teams …

The 2016-17 All-NBA teams released Thursday.

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