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Anthony Davis & LeBron James: All-NBA Honors and Continued Lakers Greatness

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The Lakers celebrate the 99th and 100th All-NBA recognitions in franchise history

Los Angeles Lakers’ standout players Anthony Davis and LeBron James have earned prestigious All-NBA honors for the 2023-24 season. The NBA announced that Davis has been named to the All-NBA Second Team, marking his fifth career selection and second as a Laker. LeBron James, meanwhile, has been honored with a spot on the All-NBA Third Team, extending his record with a 20th consecutive All-NBA selection.

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This milestone marks the 99th and 100th times a Lakers player has received All-NBA recognition. It also highlights the 35th instance in franchise history that the Lakers have had multiple All-NBA honorees in a single season, a feat Davis and James previously achieved during the 2019-20 season. They join an elite group of 20 players who have earned All-NBA honors while donning the Lakers’ iconic purple and gold.

Anthony Davis’ Stellar Season

In his fifth season with the Lakers, Anthony Davis delivered impressive statistics across the board. 

He averaged:

StatisticValue
Points per game24.7
Field Goal Percentage55.6%
Free Throw Percentage81.6%
Rebounds per game12.6
Assists per game3.5
Steals per game1.2
Blocks per game2.3

Davis played a career-high 76 games, ranking third in the league in rebounds per game, fourth in blocked shots per game, and 15th in points per game. His season highlights include 64 double-doubles, ranking third in the NBA, and two triple-doubles. Offensively, Davis scored in double figures in 72 games, with notable performances including 58 games with 20+ points, 21 games with 30+ points, and three games with 40+ points.

Defensively, Davis excelled with multiple blocks in 48 games, including eight games with five or more blocks. He was one of only two players, alongside Victor Wembanyama, to average at least 1.0 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. His defensive prowess earned him a spot on the 2023-24 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Davis also led all players in second-chance points per game for the second consecutive season, with an average of 4.5.

LeBron James’ Historic Achievement

In his 21st NBA season, LeBron James continued to defy expectations. 

His averages for the season include:

StatisticValue
Points per game25.7
Field Goal Percentage54.0%
Three-Point Percentage41.0%
Free Throw Percentage75.0%
Rebounds per game7.3
Assists per game8.3
Steals per game1.3

James played 71 games, maintaining his record of 20 consecutive seasons averaging 25+ points per game. He also became the first player in NBA history to surpass 40,000 career points, achieving this milestone on March 2 against Denver. His record for consecutive games with double-digit scoring extended to 1,222 regular season games.

In addition to his scoring feats, James was named the NBA Cup’s Most Valuable Player, leading the Lakers to the inaugural NBA Cup title with averages of 26.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.6 steals in seven tournament games. His season highlights included 27 double-doubles and five triple-doubles, making him the only player in NBA history to record a triple-double in his 21st season.

James’ accolades also feature a career-high 20-rebound game on January 27 against Golden State and a team-high 18 games with 10+ assists. He scored 20+ points in 58 games, 30+ points in 20 contests, and 40+ points in three games.

Career Achievements

Anthony Davis

Davis has previously been named to the All-NBA First Team in 2020, 2018, 2017, and 2015. Throughout his 12-year career, he has averaged:

StatisticValue
Points per game24.1
Field Goal Percentage52.3%
Free Throw Percentage79.5%
Rebounds per game10.6
Assists per game2.5
Steals per game1.3
Blocks per game2.3
Minutes per game34.5

LeBron James

James is a 13-time All-NBA First Team selection, three-time All-NBA Second Team honoree, and now a four-time All-NBA Third Team member

His career averages in 1,492 regular season games are:

StatisticValue
Points per game27.1
Field Goal Percentage50.6%
Three-Point Percentage34.8%
Free Throw Percentage73.6%
Rebounds per game7.5
Assists per game7.4
Steals per game1.5
Minutes per game37.9

Anthony Davis and LeBron James’ 2023-24 All-NBA selections are a significant achievement, reflecting their outstanding performances and contributions to the Los Angeles Lakers. Their continued excellence not only enriches their individual legacies but also enhances the storied history of the Lakers franchise. As they continue to lead on and off the court, the future looks bright for the Lakers and their dedicated fan base.

With their sights set on more success, the Lakers, under the leadership of Davis and James, are poised to continue their pursuit of greatness, aiming to add more championships to their already impressive history.

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