LeBron James is The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Decade, adding his name to a list that includes Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Palmer.
James, who turns 35 soon, was a runaway winner in a vote of AP sports editors and writers, easily outpacing runner-up Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. In this decade, James played in eight straight finals, won three titles, and also took home three MVP awards. In his 17th season, he’s on pace to lead the league in assists for the first time while remaining among the NBA’s scoring leaders. Including playoffs, no one in the NBA scored more points than James in the last 10 years.
Sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica was third for dominating at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, soccer’s Lionel Messi was fourth, and Michael Phelps — the US swimmer who retired as history’s most decorated Olympian with 28 medals, 23 gold — was fifth. Serena Williams was announced as the AP’s Female Athlete of the decade.