first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The last time James did not make the All-NBA first team was in 2007, one of his two NBA second-team berths.Jumping ahead of James as forwards on the second team were Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, joining Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Boston’s Kyrie Irving. James was joined on the third team by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Detroit’s Blake Griffin, Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Charlotte’s Kemba Walker.The Lakers are one of the teams with salary cap space this summer in the hunt for fortune-changing talent. Durant, Leonard, Irving and Walker are all expected to be unrestricted free agents this summer, presuming Durant and Irving opt out of the final year on their existing contracts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe first team was led by unanimous selections for MVP finalists Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Golden State’s Steph Curry, Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Denver’s Nikola Jokic rounded out the top five.When he played, James lived up to his reputation: He averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists to lead the Lakers in all three categories. He averaged the most minutes per game of anyone on the team (35.2) and got to the free-throw line (7.6 FTA) more than anyone else.And yet his ability to stay on the court was hampered by the most severe injury of his career: a groin strain suffered in a Christmas Day win over the Warriors that kept him out for 17 consecutive games, during which the Lakers fell from among the top teams in the Western Conference to struggling amid a pack of postseason hopefuls. Even James’ return in late January couldn’t boost the team, rankled by trade rumors and chemistry issues, back into the playoffs.James ended up playing only 55 games, and the Lakers’ front office decided to shut him down early with six games remaining.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The three-time champion in Miami and Cleveland is still regarded as one of the league’s best players: He was voted one of the captains in February’s All-Star Game by fans, alongside Antetokounmpo. This season saw James bypass several NBA greats to move into fourth place on the all-time scoring list, most notably Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. His 15 All-NBA berths tie him with Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tim Duncan for the most in league history. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs By many measures, LeBron James just had his least successful season in a long time.But despite an injury-plagued season with no playoff appearance, James still has the prestige as one of the NBA’s best.The 34-year-old made the third-team All-NBA squad, the league announced Thursday morning, his NBA-leading 15th appearance in his 16 seasons. It’s the only time James has been a third-teamer, breaking a streak of 11 consecutive first-team appearances, but given that he played just 55 games for the 37-45 Lakers, it’s a sign of the esteem for the four-time league MVP that he drew a spot as one of the game’s 15 best.Of 100 voters, 85 placed James on their ballot, with 73 placing him on the third team. James received no first-team votes. It’s the first time the Lakers, star-laden for much of the franchise’s history, have had an All-NBA honoree since 2013 when Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant both made the cut.last_img

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