Rockets' Harden named to All-NBA First Team

LeBron James Named to All-NBA First Team   
   MARKS HIS NBA-RECORD TYING 11TH ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM SELECTION            David Liam Kyle  NBAE  GettyImages

LeBron James Named to All-NBA First Team MARKS HIS NBA-RECORD TYING 11TH ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM SELECTION David Liam Kyle NBAE GettyImages

Of the 15 players on the All-NBA first, second and third teams, Kentucky was the only school with more than one representative.

Joining Harden on the first team are Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (498), Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook (498), San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (490) and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (343).

Utah Jazz big-man Rudy Gobert fell two votes short of claiming his maiden First Team spot and will be joined by Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant and Isaiah Thomas on the Second Team.

Former Kentucky men's basketball stars Karl-Anthony Towns and DeMarcus Cousins almost made the All-NBA Teams as well. After concluding his 14th National Basketball Association season with 28,787 career points, James climbed all the way up to No. 7 on the NBA's all-time scoring list, passing Shaquille O'Neal (28,596), Moses Malone (27,409), Elvin Hayes (27,313) and Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) this season.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement that takes effect on July 1, both players are eligible to bypass free agency in 2019 and add four years and approximately $160 million to their contracts. It's hard to see why either man was considered second team material, but that's the way it goes.

The rest of the league's awards, such as MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year, will be announced during a televised awards show on June 26. Each voter picked one center, two forwards and two guards for each All-NBA team where points were distributed on a 5-3-1 framework. Davis joins Cousins, Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Cliff Hagan as two-time honorees. Wall's exhaustive list of career achievements this season also comprises of 12 games with at least 30 points or more. He had 42 triple-double games, breaking Robertson's single-season record of 41. Wall averaged a career-high 23.1 points per game and dished out a career-high 10.7 assists per game en route to leading his Washington Wizards to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. This season, he posted career highs in rebounds (8.6), assists (8.7) and triple doubles (13). The finalists for the awards will be unveiled during a special 90-minute edition of TNT's NBA Tip-Off Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

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