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Most All-NBA First Team Selections: LeBron James Is The All-Time Leader With 13

Most All-NBA First Team Selections: LeBron James Is The All-Time Leader With 13

Making an All-NBA Team is one of the greatest achievements an individual NBA star can have, because it signals elite performance during the season in many aspects of the game. There are only 3 All-NBA Teams with a total of 15 spots per season, meaning there is plenty of competition to be among the top-15 players in the game over a calendar season. It is even more impressive to make an All-NBA First Team, basically signaling that a player is one of the top-five in the NBA over a season.

Last season, we saw Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks, Kawhi Leonard from the LA Clippers, Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors, Luka Doncic from the Dallas Mavericks, and Nikola Jokic from the Denver Nuggets make the All-NBA First Team. Of course, Nikola Jokic was awarded the league MVP award for his stellar play on the court. This season, we expect to see some repeat names including Giannis, Jokic, and possibly Curry. But which players, throughout NBA history, have been selected to the most All-NBA First Team selections?

There are only a handful of players who were selected to at least 10 First Teams, and all of them on this list are Hall of Famers or will be in the Hall of Fame. There is no surprise to the names that appear on the list because each superstar had an elite career with countless individual and team accolades. Of course, there is one player who is still playing in the NBA with an incredible number of First-Team appearances. Without further ado, here are the 10 players with the most All-NBA First Team selections.


10. Elgin Baylor - 10 All-NBA First Team Selections

Elgin-Baylor-Los-Angeles-Lakers

Career Statistics: 27.4 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 4.3 APG

One of the greatest Lakers ever, Elgin Baylor is also one of the best players to have never won an NBA title. That does not take away from the superstar’s legacy, because Baylor made 11 All-Star Teams and made the Hall of Fame. One of the top-five scorers ever, Baylor also accumulated a ton of points over his career because he brought an inside and mid-range scoring game that was unmatched during his era.

Baylor made 10 All-NBA First Team appearances in 14 seasons, an incredible amount of individual success for an all-time great forward. The 6’5” star was a stalwart as soon as he entered the league, making the All-Star Team in his rookie season and also winning Rookie of the Year.


9. Bob Pettit - 10 All-NBA First Team Selections

Bob Pettit

Career Statistics: 26.4 PPG, 16.2 RPG, 3.0 APG

One of the best players during the late 50s and 60s, Pettit was an incredible talent at the power forward and center position. As evidenced by his career statistics, the big man was simply unstoppable in the paint and made a living near the basket. One of the most dominant Hawks stars ever, Pettit also made 11 straight All-Star Teams in 11 seasons.

Pettit also made 10 All-NBA First Teams in his career, meaning only he missed out in only one season in his career. If that does not spell greatness at his position, then nothing does. An all-time great big man that lasts over 10 seasons at the top of his game is hard to find nowadays, but Pettit was able to accomplish that while staying healthy for the majority of his career.


8. Bob Cousy - 10 All-NBA First Team Selections

Bob Cousy

Career Statistics: 18.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 7.5 APG

A 13-time All-Star and 6-time NBA champion, Bob Cousy made a whopping 10 All-NBA First Team selections out of a total 12 All-NBA appearances. The point guard was the main playmaker for the Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics teams, and one of the best leaders during his era. An excellent offensive guard, Cousy led the league in assists an incredible 8 times during the 50s and 60s.

But Cousy had a knack for playing at the top of his game as consistently as possible, and the number of All-NBA Teams is a testament to that. Cousy was considered the first original dominant point guard, setting up his teammates for success on most nights while also turning up in the postseason. The Celtics legend averaged over 20 PPG 6 times over 13 playoff runs in his Hall of Fame career.


7. Jerry West - 10 All-NBA First Team Selections

Jerry West

Career Statistics: 27.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 6.7 APG, 2.6 SPG, 0.7 BPG

One of the most underrated players ever, Jerry West made a living as a superstar for the Los Angeles Lakers. The talented guard competed at a high level every game, putting up over 25 PPG 11 times in his Hall of Fame career. The Logo made the All-Star Team every season of his career, making 12 total All-NBA Teams of which 10 were First Team.

West was known for his shooting and scoring ability, but he was also an elite playmaker who made others around him better. It is amazing that West was only able to capture one NBA title, going a whopping 1-8 in Finals appearances. Even if the legendary shooting guard was not able to win more championships, he is one of the all-time greats who is often disrespected when mentioning the greatest players of all time.


6. Tim Duncan - 10 All-NBA First Team Selections

Tim Duncan

Career Statistics: 19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.2 BPG

The Big Fundamental himself, Tim Duncan was the consistent force for the San Antonio Spurs franchise that won 5 championships. The greatest power forward ever, Duncan often dominated both ends of the court without doing it in a flashy or attractive manner. Only hardcore basketball fans appreciated Duncan's style of play because he was effective at following the fundamentals. A great defensive player and passer, Timmy did whatever was necessary to win games.

After all, Duncan won at an elite level. He won 5 NBA titles, 3 Finals MVPs, and made 15 All-NBA Teams over his career with the Spurs. An incredible 10 of those were First Team, and the power forward also made a whopping 15 All-Star Teams. In terms of being a winner and dominant superstar, Duncan has a resume that is fit for a top-10 player of all time.


5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 10 All-NBA First Team Selections

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Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Career Statistics: 24.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.6 BPG

Arguably the greatest center ever and the most accomplished overall basketball player, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar unsurprisingly made a minimum of 10 All-NBA First Team selections. The all-time great big man played 20 seasons in the NBA, making 19 All-Star Teams and 10 All-NBA First Teams out of 15 total All-NBA Team appearances.

Quite simply, Kareem was the most unstoppable center ever because of his skyhook shot that was unblockable and hardly contested. Abdul-Jabbar was able to pull off his patented shot whenever he wanted, which is why he was able to play two decades of basketball and accumulate an incredible list of achievements including 6 titles, 2 Finals MVPs, and 6 MVPs among others.


4. Michael Jordan - 10 All-NBA First Team Selections

Michael Jordan Bulls

Career Statistics: 30.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG

The GOAT, Michael Jordan is unsurprisingly on the list of most All-NBA First Teams. Jordan dominated the league better than anyone else in NBA history because he did consistently at a level that cannot be compared to. Winning 10 scoring titles, 6 NBA titles, and 6 Finals MVPs is enough to place Jordan in a category of his own, which he truly belongs in.

The legendary shooting guard made 14 All-Star Teams and a total of 11 All-NBA Teams over his 15-year career. Jordan also made 10 All-NBA First Teams, an incredible feat considering he had 3 seasons out of the league due to temporary retirement phases. It is amazing to consider that Jordan would have made the All-Star Team every season of his career if not for the 1995 season when he returned to play only 17 games following his first retirement.


3. Karl Malone - 11 All-NBA First Team Selections

Karl Malone

Career Statistics: 25.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.8 BPG

After Tim Duncan, the greatest power forward ever was Karl Malone. The incredibly gifted Jazz star completed 19 seasons in the NBA, making 14 All-star Teams and 14 All-NBA Teams. Malone made 11 All-NBA First Team appearances, in a Hall of Fame career that also includes 2 MVP awards. Unfortunately, Malone never won an NBA title.

Forming an all-time great duo with John Stockton, Malone never missed the playoffs with the Utah Jazz. The legendary scorer also fell short in the Finals to the great Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, nothing to be ashamed of. An efficient scorer and consistent double-double machine, Karl Malone is tied with Kobe Bryant with 11 All-NBA First-Team selections.


2. Kobe Bryant - 11 All-NBA First Team Selections

Kobe Bryant Lakers

Career Statistics: 25.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Arguably the greatest and most accomplished Los Angeles Laker ever, Kobe Bryant ties Karl Malone with an incredible 11 All-NBA First Team selections. After Michael Jordan passed the baton to him, Kobe took it and dominated the league at his position. Looking over his career, Kobe was the premier guard in the league for over a decade similar to his idol, Michael Jordan.

Bryant easily had a Hall of Fame career, winning 5 NBA titles and capturing 2 Finals MVPs with Los Angeles. The iconic guard also brought incredible skill and grace to the court, captivating fans with his high-flying style of play that was also fundamentally sound. Bryant is one of the greats, but only one player is ahead of him for the record of most All-NBA First Team selections.


1. LeBron James - 13 All-NBA First Team Selections

LeBron James

Career Statistics: 27.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 7.4 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG

The man who will shatter all longevity awards, LeBron James is competing at an all-time great level this year with the Los Angeles Lakers. In his 19th season, James is most likely one of the names to appear on the All-NBA First Team this year, possibly marking his 14th selection. The King is simply an unstoppable basketball force because his consistency is unparalleled.

James has a host of incredible achievements over his career including 4 NBA titles, 4 Finals MVPs, and 4 MVPs. James has also made 18 All-Star Teams in his career, which is tied for Bryant and only one behind Kareem. The King has also tied Bryant with the most consecutive All-Star selections with 18. A dedicated athlete with an all-time great work ethic, James has been able to make 13 Alll-NBA First Team selections because of his longevity and incredible talent as the greatest small forward ever.

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