Kyrie Irving has been named to the All-NBA Second Team, the NBA announced today. It is the first time in his eight-year NBA career that he’s received second team honors, and the second time he’s earned All-NBA recognition.
In his second season with the Celtics, Irving averaged a team-high 23.8 points (48.7% FG, 40.1% 3-PT, 87.3% FT), 5.0 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 67 games played (all starts). He produced career highs in rebounds, assists and blocked shots (0.5) en route to earning his sixth career NBA All-Star nod.
Irving, 27, was one of three players in the NBA this season to average at least 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists (Harden/James). He finished the year as the league’s only guard averaging at least 23.0 points while shooting 48.0% from the field.
In receiving All-NBA Second Team honors, Irving becomes the first Celtics player to earn All-NBA accolades since Isaiah Thomas notched a spot on the All-NBA Second Team in 2016-17. Irving had previously been named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2014-15 as a member of the Cavaliers.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City’s Paul George, Houston’s James Harden and Denver’s Nikola Jokic earned All-NBA First Team honors. Joining Irving on the Second Team were Golden State’s Kevin Durant, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard and Portland’s Damian Lillard, while Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Detroit’s Blake Griffin, the Lakers’ LeBron James, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook received All-NBA Third Team recognition.