Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has been on a par with many other legends when he entered the All-NBA flagship for the 16th time.
LeBron James once again engraved his name in history when making his 16th entry into the NBA’s flagship squad. In the 17th year of his career, the LA Lakers star leveled the record for the most times in the All-NBA squad held by legendary Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
James is one of five players elected to the top squad, alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Luka Doncic and teammate Anthony Davis. This is the 13th time in LeBron’s career that he was elected to the All-NBA First Team. He had 11 consecutive years in the squad before getting injured last season.
With the presence of James and Davis, the number one NBA lineup for the first time ever had two players from the same team since 2007 when Steve Nash and A’mare Stoudemire helped the Phoenix Suns have an impressive season. LA Lakers used to have two pairs of players who did the same thing: Magic Johnson – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2 times) and Shaquille O’Neal – Kobe Bryant (3 times).
In the second team, there were Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic. The third line-up included Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler and Rudy Gobert.
With Gobert 31 points behind, Joel Embiid was not included in all three All-NBA squads this year. He needs to return to the top 15 player of the tournament next year if he wants to receive a supermax contract next year. Some unfortunate absent names are Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry or Trae Young.
Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert was eligible to sign supermax in the summer of next year after having made it into the lineup for two consecutive years. Pascal Siakam and Ben Simmons both increased their income to 28% of their salary fund thanks to this year’s achievements.