Giannis and Harden unanimous selections for All-NBA First Team.
Following the NBA’s All-Rookie and All-Defensive Teams that were revealed earlier this week, the NBA has today announced the All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams. Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the two MVP favorites, were unanimously selected to the All-NBA First Team.
The All-NBA results are as follows:
All-NBA First Team: Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, James Harden and Stephen Curry.
All-NBA Second Team: Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard.
All-NBA Third Team: Rudy Gobert, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Kemba Walker and Russell Westbrook.
According to ESPN, this marks the first season that LeBron wasn’t named to the All-NBA First Team since the 2006-07 season, and it’s only the second time he wasn’t on the first or second teams since his rookie year in 2003-04.
These All-NBA honors have major implications as far as free agency is concerned. For instance, Kemba Walker is now supermax eligible (5 years, $221M) with Charlotte, while any other team can only fer him a four-year $181 million deal. Additionally, Damian Lillard is now eligible for four-year, $191 million extension with the Blazers this summer. Klay Thompson and Bradley Beal both missed the cut, and therefore won’t qualify for a supermax contract extension.