For the 11th time in his NBA career, LeBron James has been named to the All-NBA first team. It’s the 13th time he’s appeared on an All-NBA team and the 10th straight year he’s been on an All-NBA first team.
James’ 11th appearance on an All-NBA first team ties an NBA record. Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone are the only other players in NBA history to appear on the first team 11 times. Although he plays at a stacked position, it’s entirely possible that James will break that record next season.
This year, he received 99 of a possible 100 first place votes.
Joining James on the first team are Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Rockets guard James Harden, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans center Anthony Davis. Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Jazz center Rudy Gobert made the second team. Wizards guard John Wall, Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, Warriors forward Draymond Green and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan made the third team.
Kyrie Irving was on the only other Cavalier to receive any votes with 14 non-first team votes.
During the regular season, James was one of the league’s top MVP candidates and, in 74 games, he averaged 26.4 points and set new career highs in rebounds (8.6 per game) and assists (8.7 per game). Along the way, he picked two Player of the Month awards and four Player of the Week awards. He also moved into seventh place all-time in scoring and 12th place in assists all-time. All of this came with James turning 32 in December.
The Cavs finished the season with 51 wins and the second seed in the Eastern Conference. But they are 9-0 so far in the playoffs.
This season, and with how well LeBron has played so far in the playoffs, has been a remainder that he isn’t going anywhere just yet. For the Cavs, and their title chances, that’s great news.