Anthony Davis, John Wall selected to All-NBA teams
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 5:17
Westbrook averaged a league-best 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds (10th in the NBA), and 10.4 assists (third in the NBA). James had the game-high 30 points in the contest and helped Cleveland extend its winning streak to 10 games.
James, who has made an All-NBA Team in each of his last 13 seasons, has now equalled Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone's record of 11 All-NBA First Team selections.
The game tipped off about 15 minutes after the National Basketball Association announced that James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard were the finalists for the MVP award - the first time since 2008 that James won't finish in the top three.
These numbers made LeBron James just the third player in league history to average at 25.0 points, 8.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds while shooting 50 percent or better from the field in a single season. With neither of them making any All-NBA team, the only advantage their respective teams have in retaining them is being able to offer a five-year standard maximum contract when other teams can offer just four. It will also apply to the league's Most Valuable Player in any of the three seasons before the extension. I wouldn't be in this position without the hard work that my teammates and coaching staff put in on a daily basis and without the constant support and love from my family. Westbrook, Leonard and Davis all are first-teamers for the second time.
Anthony Davis was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in the past three seasons.
"Those guys had MVP seasons, and you've got to give the award to some different people every now and then", Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue said.
Former Kentucky men's basketball stars Karl-Anthony Towns and DeMarcus Cousins almost made the All-NBA Teams as well. A franchise record for total points. Saric came on in Embiid's absence, averaging 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
The second team: Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert.
Leonard has won the last two years and Green will be hoping it's his time for everything he does for the Warriors, including a game this season where he had a triple-double that didn't even include points. Cousins teamed up with Davis to form one of the most formidable frontcourts in the entire NBA when he was traded to the Pelicans following the NBA All-Star break.