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Damian Lillard gets first All-NBA First Team honors of his career

Thursday , May 24, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Former Weber State star Damian Lillard has added another accolade to his still-rising career.

The sixth-year Portland Trail Blazers guard was named to the All-NBA First Team released Thursday, as voted by 100 NBA writers and broadcasters. It’s the first All-NBA first team nod of his career.

Lillard is a three-time All-Star, a former Rookie of the Year and had previously earned All-NBA second team (2015-16) and third team (2013-14) honors.

LeBron James was unanimously selected to the All-NBA first team for a record 12th time, while Houston's James Harden also appeared on all 100 first-team ballots.

They joined Lillard on the first team with New Orleans' Anthony Davis and Golden State's Kevin Durant.

James passed Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone with the 12th first-team selection of his 15-year career. He also was a second-team selection twice.

The second team was forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee and LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, and guards Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto.

Injury absences sent Golden State's Stephen Curry tumbling to the third team, where he was joined in the backcourt by Indiana's Victor Oladipo. Minnesota teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, and Oklahoma City's Paul George rounded out the third team.

Lillard’s 2017-18 season may have been his best, despite the Blazers being swept out of the first round by New Orleans.

He scored 26.9 points per game, just shy of his career high of 27, but became the third player in NBA history to score 50 points in less than 30 minutes when he piled up 50 points in three quarters of a Feb. 9 win over Sacramento.

Lillard also joined James and Oscar Robertson as the three players in NBA history to total at least 1,500 points and 400 assists in each of their first six seasons, according to the Trail Blazers. Before Thursday, the only Portland players to be named to the All-NBA First Team were Clyde Drexler and Bill Walton.

An Associated Press report was included in this story.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

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