LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made history on Wednesday when he was placed on the 16th All-NBA team in his 17-year career, leading to a match with Hall of Famers Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kareem. Most Abdul-Jabbar in NBA history.
James was one of five players – presumed NBA’s most valuable players along with Giannis Antetokenmpo, James Harden, Luca Doncic and James’ teammate Anthony Davis – were named to the All-NBA First Team on Wednesday afternoon, all three NBA As the teams were unveiled on ESPN’s The Jump.
In addition to cracking the tie with those three legends, James also tallied a record he had already named for his 13th All-NBA first team. James, who made 11 straight first-teamers before the first significant injury of his career, his cutoff last season – his first with the Lakers – and dropped him to the third team, showed that he is still definitely the best on the planet. The players are 35 years old. His major season inspired him to lead the NBA for the first time in his career.
The other 10 players honored on Wednesday were: guards Chris Paul and Damian Lillard, forskool Pascal Siam and Qui Leonard, and center Nikola Jokic, who made the second team; And guards Sim Simmons and Russell Westbrook, Jason Tatum and Jimmy Butler, and center Rudy Gobert, who was selected for the third team.
Long-time All-NBA stalwarts such as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving have been missing the most, if not all, of injuries this season, with many of the 15 selections inaugurated by many honors, including Donnockric Tatum, Simmons and Sikam.
Gobert also gained future financial flexibility in the name of the All-NBA third team. Gobert was already a Supermax eligible with the Jazz over a potential contract extension with the Jazz, but now that he has made the All-NBA again this season, he is also eligible to sign a Supermax deal with Utah. Maybe, if he becomes an unrestrained free agent for the next offshed.
While Gobert may make more money in the future, both Siacam and Simmons are now able to make more money as a result of their respective selections. Because Siam was selected to the All-NBA Second Team, the contract extension he agreed to last summer was 25% of the amount that the salary cap is after this season at 28%.
Simmons, who agreed to a contract extension before this season, also raised the salary cap to 28%, making the All-NBA a third team.
Sixers center was Joel Embiid, who finished 31 points behind Gobert for the third team All-NBA Center spot and made it one of the All-NBA teams, becoming eligible for the Supermax extension the following season. If Embiid makes an All-NBA team next season, he will be able to sign a four-year Supermax extension like the one Lillard signed with the Portland Trail Blazers last summer.