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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made historical past Wednesday when he was named to a sixteenth All-NBA group in his 17-year profession, which snapped a tie with Corridor of Famers Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for essentially the most in league historical past.
James was one in every of 5 gamers — alongside presumptive NBA Most Worthwhile Participant Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Luka Doncic and James’ teammate Anthony Davis — to be named to the league’s All-NBA first group Wednesday, as all three All-NBA groups have been unveiled on ESPN’s The Soar.
Along with snapping the tie with these three legends, James additionally prolonged a document he already held by being named to his thirteenth All-NBA first group. James, who made 11 straight first groups earlier than the primary important harm of his profession minimize brief final season — his first with the Lakers — and noticed him drop to the third group, confirmed he nonetheless is arguably the most effective 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 have been: guards Chris Paul and Damian Lillard, forwards Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard, and heart Nikola Jokic, who made up the second group; and guards Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook, forwards Jayson Tatum and Jimmy Butler, and heart Rudy Gobert, who have been chosen to the third group.
With longtime All-NBA stalwarts comparable 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 choices have been stuffed 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 group. 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 take care of 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 choices. As a result of Siakam was chosen to the All-NBA second group, the contract extension that he agreed to final summer season jumped from being 25% of the quantity that the wage cap is ready at after this season to twenty-eight%.
Simmons, who additionally agreed to a contract extension earlier than this season, additionally had his deal improve to twenty-eight% of the wage cap by making All-NBA third group.
Had Sixers heart Joel Embiid, who completed 31 factors behind Gobert for the third group 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 group subsequent season, he’ll have the ability to signal a four-year supermax extension just like the one Lillard signed with the Portland Path Blazers final summer season.