LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made historical past Wednesday when he was named to a 16th All-NBA staff in his 17-year profession, which snapped a tie with Corridor of Famers Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for probably the most in NBA historical past.
James was considered one of 5 gamers — alongside presumptive NBA Most Useful Participant Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Luka Doncic and James’ teammate Anthony Davis — to be named to the league’s All-NBA first staff Wednesday afternoon, as all three All-NBA groups had been unveiled on ESPN’s The Leap.
Along with snapping the tie with these three legends, James additionally prolonged a file he already held by being named to his 13th All-NBA first staff. James, who made 11 straight first groups earlier than the primary vital damage of his profession reduce brief final season — his first with the Lakers — and noticed him drop to the third staff, confirmed he nonetheless is arguably the perfect participant on the planet at age 35. His dominant season noticed him lead the NBA in assists for the primary time in his profession.
The opposite 10 gamers honored Wednesday had been: guards Chris Paul and Damian Lillard, forwards Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard, and heart Nikola Jokic, who made up the second staff; and guards Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook, forwards Jayson Tatum and Jimmy Butler, and heart Rudy Gobert, who had been chosen to the third staff.
With longtime All-NBA stalwarts akin to Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving lacking most, if not all, of this season due to accidents, a number of openings among the many 15 alternatives had been crammed by first-time honorees, together with Doncic, Tatum, Simmons and Siakam.
Gobert additionally gained future monetary flexibility by being named to the All-NBA third staff. Gobert was already supermax eligible on a possible contract extension with the Jazz this offseason, however now that he is made All-NBA once more this season, he may also be eligible to signal a supermax cope with Utah if he turns into an unrestricted free agent subsequent offseason.
Whereas Gobert can make more cash sooner or later, Siakam and Simmons each are ready to earn more money now on account of their respective alternatives. As a result of Siakam was chosen to the All-NBA second staff, the contract extension that he agreed to final summer time jumped from being 25% of the quantity that the wage cap is about at after this season to 28%.
Simmons, who additionally agreed to a contract extension earlier than this season, additionally had his deal improve to 28% of the wage cap by making All-NBA third staff.
Had Sixers heart Joel Embiid, who completed 31 factors behind Gobert for the third staff All-NBA heart spot, made one of many All-NBA groups, he would have turn out to be eligible for a supermax extension after subsequent season. If Embiid makes an All-NBA staff subsequent season, he’ll be capable to signal a four-year supermax extension just like the one Lillard signed with the Portland Path Blazers final summer time.