Fans may never agree on who the true G.O.A.T is, but no one can argue which player reigns supreme for most All-NBA team appearances.
That honor now belongs to the King, LeBron James, after the 35-year-old Lakers’ star was named to the All-NBA team for a record 16th time.
In his 17th season, James broke a 3-way tie with Hall of Famers, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Tim Duncan, for most appearances in league history.
Congrats to @KingJames on his league-record 16th All-NBA selection! pic.twitter.com/uIfj38wxBC
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 16, 2020
The honor caps off a stellar season for James, who has proven he is still arguably the league’s best player in the game.
James averaged 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and a league-leading 10.2 assists, the first time he has led the league in that category.
The three-time champion was also named to a record 13th All-NBA first team.
James made 11 straight All-NBA first teams until his first serious injury cut his 2018-19 season short.
The Lakers’ star was joined on the first time by teammate Anthony Davis, and the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rockets’ James Harden, and Mavericks’ budding superstar Luka Doncic.
On the second team were: guards Chris Paul, and Damien Lillard, forwards Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard, and center Nikola Jokic.
Finishing up the third team were: guards Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook, forwards Jayson Tatum and Jimmy Butler, and center Rudy Gobert.
Injuries kept usual picks such as Steph Curry and Kevin Durant off the list.
LeBron’s 16th appearance is a monumental achievement but the 17-year veteran is focused on just one goal at this point of the season, a fourth ring, and a 17th title for the Lakers.
Los Angeles and Denver tip off Game 1 Friday.