Lakers’ LeBron James earns All-NBA third-team honors

While the Lakers underachieved this season, LeBron James pushed the limits of what a 37-year-old can do in the NBA.

The league named James a third-team All-NBA forward on Tuesday evening, the 18th all-league honor of James’ 19-year career. James spent much of the season neck-and-neck with Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo for the NBA scoring title, eventually falling short but finishing with a 30.3 ppg mark – his highest since 2006.

James bested his own mark for most All-NBA career selections. He’s now been a third-team honoree twice, his other third-team nod coming in 2019. James received 54 third-team votes, 35-second-team votes and two first-team votes from a panel of NBA observers. He was the second-leading vote-getter on the third team to Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns.

As a team, the Lakers finished out of the postseason with a 33-49 record. James’ biggest shortcoming was availability: He played just 56 games while struggling with various injuries. After the season was over in April, he lamented failing to translate a season of All-NBA-caliber play into more wins.

“Winning is everything to me,” he said. “And the fact that I was playing the way that I was playing and it wasn’t resulting in wins, it just wasn’t enough. So the frustration level was definitely at a high at times cause you’re just trying to figure out how I can be better, how the team can be better.”

Still, James put up unprecedented production…

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