Thursday, May 23, 2019

Kyrie Irving receives All-NBA Second Team honors

While rumors continue to fly about where Kyrie Irving will take his talents to this summer, it was announced on Thursday afternoon that the Celtics guard was named to the All-NBA Second Team.

In just his second season in Boston, Irving averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists (career-high) in 69 starts during the 2018-19 campaign, that most believed ended on a sour note after a second-round knock out to the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA playoffs.

This is Irving's second selection for All-NBA honors in his eight-year career, as he was named to the All-NBA Third Team during the 2014-15 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving becomes the first Celtic to be chosen to an All-NBA squad since Isaiah Thomas back in 2016-17, when he was selected to the Second Team.

Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard join Irving on this year's All-NBA Second Team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Nikola Jokic were selected for the 2018-19 All-NBA First Team.

Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker, LeBron James -- first time in 11 seasons not named to the first team, while Blake Griffin and Rudy Gobert rounded out the All-NBA Third Team selections.

Irving's selection comes just 24 hours after the NBA announced that his Celtics teammate Marcus Smart was named to this year's All-Defensive First Team.

Joel Pavón

Picture used courtesy of Getty Images

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