Lebron James, star forward of the Los Angeles Lakers, set a new record in the NBA on Wednesday by being chosen for the sixteenth time to one of the three best teams in the League.
Sep 17, 2020 at 01:01
James, 35, in its seventeenth season broke the tie of fifteen participations that he kept with the expivots Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tim Duncan, and the former guard Kobe Bryant as the most chosen.
Along with James, the other four players selected to First Team were Greek power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), guard James Harden (Houston), Slovenian guard point guard Luka Doncic (Dallas) and center Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers).
James and Davis are the first couple from the same team chosen in the same season since they were in the 2006-2007 season two from Phoenix, former Canadian base Steve Nash and center Amar’e Stoudemire.
Before the selection of James and Davis there were also those of Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe three times; Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen, 1995-96; Karl Malone-John Stockton, twice; Larry Bird-Kevin McHale 1986-1987; Magic Johnson-Abdul-Jabbar, twice; and Julius Erving-Moses Malone, 1982-1983.
In addition to breaking the tie with those three legends, James also extended a record he already held by being named for his thirteenth time at NBA First Team.
James formed 11 in a row in the First Team before the streak was snapped with the first significant injury of his career last season, his first with the Lakers. Then it fell to the third team. He has since regained his best form and is a contender for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
In his dominant season he led the NBA in assists for the first time in his career.
They complete the podium
The Second Best Team was made up of point guards Chris Paul (Oklahoma City) and Damian Lillard (Portland), forward Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers), Cameroonian power forward Pascal Siakam (Toronto), and Serbian center Nikola Jokic.
For the Third Best TeamThe selected guards were Ben Simmons (Philadelphia) and Russell Westbrook (Houston), forward Jayson Tatum (Boston), guard Jimmy Butler (Miami) and French center Rudy Gobert (Utah).
With fans from all over the NBA as the point guard Stephen Curry, forward Kevin Durant, power forwardt Blake Griffin and point guard Kyrie Irving who missed most, if not all, of this season due to injuries.
Several vacancies among the 15 teams were filled by first-time honorees, including Doncic, Tatum, Simmons, and Siakam.