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(MARK BLINCH)
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NBA overlooks Bosh in year-end award Add to ...

Chris Bosh's best year wasn't good enough.

The Toronto Raptors all-star has been generating no shortage of conversation for his off-court actwittivies of late - asking fans about what he should do in free agency via Twitter, for example - but his performance on the floor left voters silent as the NBA announced its year-end all-league teams.

Bosh, 25, failed to earn a spot on the first, second, or third all-NBA teams despite a season in which he averaged 24 points, 10.8 rebounds and 51.8-per-cent shooting a game, all career highs.

He was also ranked the NBA's fourth most efficient player, a catch-all category reflecting his all-round contributions.

But it appears the Raptors' steep dive in the second half of the season cost Bosh any chance he had for league-wide recognition. The Raptors finished 11-19 after the all-star game break and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, with Bosh missing 12 of the club's final 30 games because of injury.

Victoria native Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns was named to the all-NBA second team. He became the first player in league history to lead the NBA in assists after age 35 as he helped the Suns to a No. 3 playoff seed in the Western Conference. It is the seventh time Nash has earned all-NBA honours.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic were unanimous selections for all-NBA first-team recognition, and were joined by Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant and second-year forward Kevin Durant.

Bosh trailed Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol by 14 points in voting by 122 U.S. and Canadian panelists who selected a first-, second- and third-place all-NBA team. Points were awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.

Bosh was named to the all-NBA second team in 2006-07. He is expected to declare himself a free agent after June 30 and hasn't indicated if he plans to re-sign in Toronto.

Last week he asked fans on Twitter, "Should I stay or should I go?"

He sat courtside in Los Angeles watching the Lakers' playoff game on Wednesday while also gaining notice for changing his Twitter profile, dropping his location from "Toronto" to read "Everywhere," while also removing reference to his status as the captain of the Raptors.

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