LeBron James of Cleveland and James Harden of Houston were voted unanimously as the first team in the NBA, it was announced on Thursday, and James was recognized for the 12th time in his 15-year career.
James – who played in the 82 games for the first time and averaged 27.5 points to equal his career with 9.1 badists and 8.6 rebounds – pbaded Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone for most of the All-NBA first team selections.
Harden – a leading MVP finalist after joining Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 30.0 points, 8.0 badists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.70 steals per game in a season – joining Kevin Durant of Golden State, Anthony Davis of New Orleans and Damian Lillard of Portland in the All-All The first NBA team voted by the media.
Durant averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 badists and a career high of 1.75 blocks this season for the Warriors.
Davis raised his game to a MVP level after his teammate DeMarcus Cousins suffered an Achilles injury and became the first player to post at least 2,000 points, 800 rebounds, 150 blocks and 100 robberies in a season from David Robinson in 1995-96. The great Pelicans man is now also eligible to receive a five-year supermax extension of $ 230 million that will begin in the summer of 2019 when he obtains All-NBA status according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Such an extension would be the largest contract in the history of the NBA.
Lillard was the first Portland player to finish fourth in scoring since Clyde Drexler did it in 1991-92 after the point guard averaged 26.9 points, 6.6 badists and 4.5 rebounds this season. . You will need to win All-NBA (1, 2 or 3) in 2018-19 to be the top eligible maximum in the summer of 2019.
The second team features last season's MVP Oklahoma City Russell Westbrook, Milwaukee & # 39; s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio and Joel Embiid of Philadelphia. If Embiid had earned first place in the NBA as a first team, the Sixers center would have been on the line of a rookie extension worth $ 175.7 million due to a clause in his contract. Instead, its extension will now be $ 146.5 million according to Marks.
Steph Curry of Golden State, Victor Oladipo of Indiana, Paul George of Oklahoma City and Jimmy Butler of Minnesota and Karl-Anthony Towns were appointed to the third team. Upon reaching the third All-NBA team, Towns is eligible for a $ 188 million rookie extension this summer.