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2019 All-NBA Predictions

Now that things have quieted down for Nebraska athletics (save for spring practice and the Fred Hoiberg hire), I want to focus some energy on sports statistics in other areas. Inspired by an article from The Ringer, I wanted to take a stab at predicting the 2018-19 All-NBA teams. I fit an ordinal response regression model to player stats from the 1980-2018 season to build a model that could predict this year's All-NBA teams use data from

First TeamPlayerPositionProbability 1st TeamJames HardenGuard98.09%Damian LillardGuard52.15%Giannis AntetokounmpoForward99.15%LeBron JamesForward92.81%Anthony DavisCenter76.25%
James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the top two MVP candidates, are obvious first-team players. The model was high on LeBron James, averaging 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.3 assists in only 55 games this season. Between injuries and the Lakers struggle this season, LeBron could fall in the actual voting at the end of the seaso…