Giannis, Harden lead All-NBA; LeBron 3rd team

Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and Paul George — led the balloting for the All-NBA groups, announced by the league Thursday afternoon.

Milwaukee’s Antetokounmpo and Oklahoma City’s George were named to the 2 forward spots on the first personnel; Stephen Curry of Golden Speak joined Houston’s Harden because the guards. Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic rounded out the first personnel. Antetokounmpo and Harden were unanimous picks.

By making a 2d consecutive All-NBA personnel, Antetokounmpo set himself in line to salvage the largest contract in NBA history next summer season: a 5-one year deal from the Bucks worth $247.3 million, essentially essentially based totally on ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Antetokounmpo will be one one year faraway from free company next July.

LeBron James used to be no longer a first-personnel All-NBA desire for the first time since 2007, when he used to be named to the 2d personnel.

James did, on the different hand, lengthen his trot of consecutive All-NBA picks to 15 — tying him with Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for basically the most in history — by earning a Third-personnel nod in his first one year with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 2d personnel includes Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving at guard, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard at forward and Joel Embiid at center.

Joining James on the third personnel are Russell Westbrook and Kemba Walker at guard, Blake Griffin at forward and Rudy Gobert at center.

Gobert’s desire makes him eligible for the identical deal as Antetokounmpo, because the NBA’s standards for a supermax contract entails a aggregate of Defensive Participant of the Yr (2018) and All-NBA (2019) honors.

Thursday used to be crucial for several avid gamers, because it obvious whether they would be eligible for a selected feeble extension — greater acknowledged as a supermax — this summer season by making one in all the three All-NBA groups. Lillard and Walker qualified, nonetheless Bradley Beal and Klay Thompson did no longer.

The Portland Tear Blazers and Charlotte Hornets now comprise decisions to construct. Portland can provide a four-one year extension to Lillard worth $191 million this summer season and Charlotte can lengthen a 5-one year, $221 million contract to Walker as a free agent on July 1; figures are essentially essentially based totally on Marks.

Lillard is expected to worth the extension in July, per sources. It is unclear, after the Hornets overlooked the playoffs, what Walker will hold to construct as an unrestricted free agent.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks contributed to this record.


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