LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Named to All-NBA Teams
MIAMI, May 24 The NBA announced on May 24 that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James has been named to the 2011-12 All-NBA First Team and HEAT guard Dwyane Wade has been named to the 2011-12 All-NBA Third Team. James led all players with 596 points, including 118 of a possible 120 First Team votes. The honor marks his six overall First Team selection and fifth-straight. This marks Wades seventh All-NBA honor and his second as a member of the Third Team. The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
James, the 2011-12 NBA MVP, appeared in 62 games (all starts) and averaged 27.1 points, a career-high tying 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.85 steals and 37.5 minutes while shooting career highs in both field goal percentage (.531) and three-point range (.362). He led the HEAT in points (1,683), rebounds (492), assists (387), steals (115), field goals made (621), free throws made (387) and minutes (2,326). James earned Player of the Month honors twice this season, first in January and then in February, and was named Player of the Week six times, having now won the award 37 times during his career, the most by any player in NBA history. He finished the season having scored in double-figures in a career-best 419 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the league and as of now the seventh-longest streak in NBA history. After eclipsing the 19,000-point career mark this season, he became just the 14th player in NBA history to score at least 19,000 points, grab at least 4,500 rebounds and dish out at least 4,500 assists. Among league leaders this season, he finished second in total points, third in scoring average, third in steals, sixth in minutes, 12th in field goal percentage, 13th in assists and tied for 25th in rebounds.
Wade, an eight-time NBA All-Star, appeared in 49 games (all starts) and averaged 22.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.67 steals, 1.29 blocks and 33.2 minutes while shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 79.1 percent from the foul line. Despite playing in only 49 games, he finished second on the team in points (1,082), assists (225), field goals made (416), free throws made (235) and blocks (63). He capped off the season with 611 career blocks. Since entering the league in 2003-04, no guard has blocked more shots over that span and became just the seventh guard in NBA history with at least 600 career blocks. He connected on a career-high 27 consecutive free throws from February 5 thru February 13th and his 19 fourth quarter points at Chicago on March 14 marked the fifth-most during a fourth quarter in HEAT franchise history.