76ers’ Joel Embiid Highlights the All-NBA First-Team Selections

Joel Embiid with the 76ers in 2018
Joel Embiid with the 76ers in 2018. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen in Motion/REX/Shutterstock (9306399az)

After receiving his first career NBA MVP award earlier this month, the Philadelphia 76ers’ superstar Joel Embiid now added the first All-NBA First-Team selection to his resume. Embiid received All-NBA honors four times until now, but they were all Second-Team selections.

Joining Embiid in All-NBA First-Team are the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Antetokounmpo was the only player to receive all 100 First-Team votes.

The All-NBA Second Team consists of the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, the Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler, the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry, and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Donovan Mitchell. Out of players on the Second Team, Mitchell, who is All-NBA for the first time in his career, received the most First-Team votes (45).

The All-NBA Third-Team features the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James, the Sacramento Kings’ Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox, the New York Knicks’ Julius Randle, and the Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard.

This was the 19th All-NBA selection for James since he entered the NBA. The only time he didn’t make it was his rookie year. He now extends his record for most All-NBA selections in league history, with Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tied for second place with 15 All-NBA honors each.

The list of players that didn’t make any of the All-NBA teams but received votes include the Lakers’ Anthony Davis (65 points), the Utah Jazz’s Lauri Markkanen (49 points), and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant (44 points).

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