2. LeBron James does not get named to the All-NBA First Team
LeBron James has only not been named to the All-NBA First Team four times in his career. He was named to the Third Team in 2018 when he played the fewest minutes of his career and was named to the second team in both 2005 and 2007.
He did not get named to any All-NBA team in his rookie season, even if he might have deserved it after a really solid rookie year that lived up to the hype.
Because of his reduced role in 2021 as well as the emergence (and return) of other players, I think that LeBron will not get that First Team nod and is likely to get the third Second Team nod of his career.
Personally, if I had to craft my 2021 All-NBA team right now I would include Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic and James Harden/Stephen Curry. Yes, I know, Harden is disgruntled but he still puts up massive numbers.
You could make the case for LeBron getting in as a guard but I just don’t think it is going to happen with the reduced workload. I think he will man the Second Team as a forward alongside Curry/Harden, Damian Lilliard, Jayson Tatum and Nikola Jokic.