The NBA released its All-NBA team for the 2018-19 season and on its face it certainly looks like the league got its First-Team right.
Unsurprisingly, NBA MVP frontrunners James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo made the First-Team, earning unanimous selections in the process. All-NBA regulars Stephen Curry and Paul George also earned spots on the First-Team, while Nikola Jokic is making his first-ever appearance on the team.
Meanwhile, Lakers star LeBron James found himself in unfamiliar territory: Outside of the First-Team.
LeBron was named to the All-NBA Third-Team, snapping a streak of 11 straight years on the First-Team, and a streak of 14 straight years on either the First-Team or Second-Team.
He shouldn’t take it too hard though. He is one of two players to make an All-NBA team who isn’t in the playoffs this year (Kemba Walker).
Here is the All-NBA First-Team:
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Forward, Milwaukee Bucks (500 points)
- James Harden, Guard, Houston Rockets (500 points)
- Stephen Curry, Guard, Golden State Warriors (482 points)
- Paul George, Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder (433 points)
- Nikola Jokic, Center, Denver Nuggets (411 points)
Here is the All-NBA Second-Team:
- Joel Embiid, Center, Philadelphia 76ers (375 points)
- Kevin Durant, Forward, Golden State Warriors (358 points)
- Damian Lillard, Guard, Portland Trail Blazers (306 points)
- Kawhi Leonard, Forward, Toronto Raptors (242 points)
- Kyrie Irving, Guard, Boston Celtics (195 points)
Here is the All-NBA Third-Team:
- Russell Westbrook, Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder (178 points)
- Blake Griffin, Forward, Detroit Pistons (115 points)
- LeBron James, Forward, Los Angeles Lakers (111 points)
- Rudy Gobert, Center, Utah Jazz (89 points)
- Kemba Walker, Guard, Charlotte Hornets (51 points)
The 2018-19 All-NBA Teams pic.twitter.com/EiPVrOV3PB
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) May 23, 2019
The one notable snub is Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who is now unable to receive a Supermax contract extension this summer.
Bradley Beal received 34 total points to make All-NBA, the most of all the others who were left off.
Still, this is no consolation prize.
Beal averaged 25-5-5… the only other five players to do so this year made All-NBA. pic.twitter.com/u1UibkiH3J
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) May 23, 2019
The NBA will announce the MVP award on June 24.