Kyrie Irving had arguably the best regular season of his NBA career and was rewarded as such.
The Boston Celtics guard was named to the All-NBA second team Thursday, joining guard Damian Lillard, forward Kawhi Leonard, forward Kevin Durant and center Joel Embiid.
Here are the full first, second and third teams:
Kyrie Irving earns second team All-NBA. pic.twitter.com/JUlSQRvuF8— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) May 23, 2019
It's the first time Irving has earned second-team honors and the second time he's made All-NBA (third team in 2015). He's the first Celtics player to make the All-NBA second team since Isaiah Thomas in 2017.
Kyrie Irving has received All-NBA recognition for the second time in his 8-year career. He was previously named All-NBA Third Team with Cleveland in 2014-15— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) May 23, 2019
Irving is the first Celtics player to earn All-NBA honors since 2016-17, when Isaiah Thomas was named 2nd team https://t.co/GOh0tdmGty
No other Celtics players received any All-NBA votes.
The 27-year-old averaged 23.8 points per game to go along with a career-high 6.9 assists per game over 67 contests. He shot 48.7 percent from the field, the second-highest total of his career behind last season.
Irving's on-court stats were a bright spot in anotherwise turbulent season for the Celtics guard, who after promising to re-sign in Boston is now reportedly mulling his options in free agency.
Ironically, one of his fellow second-teamers is Durant, who's been rumored along with Irving to sign with the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets this summer.
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