LeBron James' record 12th selection headlines 2017-18 All NBA First team announcement


LeBron James was named as an All NBA first team selection for the 12th time in his remarkable 15-year career as all three All NBA teams were announced Thursday. 

James earned unanimous selection, as did Rockets guard James Harden, and passed Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone (both 11) for the most first team selections in NBA history. 

Harden, the league's scoring champion and odds on favourite to take home MVP honours, is a unanimous selection for the second straight season. 

Joining James and Harden on the first team were fellow MVP finalist and Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, Warriors forward Kevin Durant, and 'Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

The All-NBA Second Team is made up of San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, dynamic Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, young Sixers center Joel Embiid and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook of the Thunder.

Those earning third team selections were Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler, two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Warriors, Thunder forward Paul George, leading Most Improved Player candidate and Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.

Embiid, Oladipo and Towns all made their All-NBA and All Star debuts in 2018, and along with first team selection Anthony Davis and second team selection Giannis Antetokounmpo, look like the crop of talented young players that will take the league forward in years to come. 

As for James, his immense stature in the game only continues to grow in a year in which he seemingly notches another all-time record week by week. 

There are few superlatives left to describe him, and it's frankly phenomenal that he's compiled one of his best personal seasons in his fifteenth year in the league. 

In 2017-18 the Cavs superstar played in all 82 regular season games for the first time in his storied career, posting phenomenal per game averages of 27.5 points, a career-high 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds whilst shooting a ridiculous 54.2% from the field.

James ranked second in the league in triple-doubles with 18, only trailing Russell Westbrook, and averaged over 25 points for the 14th straight season to extend his own NBA record.

Along with his plethora of postseason records, this season will go down as one of his best, even if the Cavaliers fail to make it to what would be an eighth straight finals for the King next month. 

There are plenty of suitors to take over his mantle, but as this season has proven, James is far from ready to usurped as the best player in the world. 

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