Dwight Howard has been named to the All-NBA first team for the fifth consecutive year, the league announced Thursday.

The Orlando Magic center joined LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul on the first team, which was selected by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Some league observers questioned whether Howard would make the first team after his stay-or-go saga this season created drama for his coaches and teammates and after he missed all but two games in April because of a herniated disk in his back.

But Howard still received 75 first-team votes and compiled 476 total points in the voting.

He scored 20.6 points per game, and he collected 14.5 rebounds per game to win the league rebounding title.

Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook made the second team.

Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo were selected to the third team.

No Magic player besides Howard received a vote.

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