Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made history Wednesday when he was named to a 16th All-NBA team in his 17-year career, snapping a tie with Hall of Famers Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most in league history.
James was one of five players — alongside presumptive MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Luka Doncic and James’ teammate Anthony Davis — to be named to the All-NBA first team Wednesday, as all three All-NBA teams were unveiled on ESPN’s The Jump.
2019-20 All-NBA teams:
First: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Anthony Davis, James Harden
Second: Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Jokic, Chris Paul, Pascal Siakam
Third: Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert, Russell Westbrook
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 16, 2020
In addition to breaking the tie with those three legends, James extended his record by being named to his 13th All-NBA first team. James, who made 11 straight first teams before the first significant injury of his career cut short last season — his first with the Lakers — and saw him drop to the third team, showed he still is arguably the best player on the planet at age 35. His dominant season saw him lead the NBA in assists for the first time in his career.
The other 10 players honored Wednesday: guards Chris Paul and Damian Lillard, forwards Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard, and center Nikola Jokic, who made up the second team; and guards Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook, forwards Jayson Tatum and Jimmy Butler, and center Rudy Gobert, who were selected to the third team.
With longtime All-NBA stalwarts such as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving missing most, if not all, of this season because of injuries, several openings among the 15 selections were filled by first-time honorees, including Doncic, Tatum, Simmons and Siakam.
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