Making All-NBA Teams affects plenty of players across the league, validating their worth to teams and solidifies others to receive SUPER MAX contracts.
This year’s crop of honors are not surprising, considering how well their teams did this season. Among those on the first team All-NBA are Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Nikola Jokic and Paul George. Three of those players are also in the running for MVP as well. Both Antetokounmpo and Harden were unanimous first-team votes.
With this the Greek Freak is in line to sign the biggest contract in the history of the NBA next July, a whopping five-year, $247.3 SUPER MAX.
Kemba Walker and Damian Lillard both qualified for SUPER MAX contracts as well.
Among the second team candidates in this year’s All-NBA honors, Lillard, Joel Embiid, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving were among those voted in.
As you can see from the graphic above, LeBron James made the All-NBA third team as part of the Los Angeles Lakers, tying him with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most in NBA history with 15.
The only bad news were for Bradley Beal and Klay Thompson, who were not named to an All-NBA team and will not qualify for a SUPER MAX.
UPDATE: Thompson reacts to the news of him being snubbed from All-NBA.
Klay Thompson learns he didn’t make All-NBA (“Oh I didn’t?”) and is clearly a little ticked (it affects his next contract): “When you go to five straight Finals, it takes more than a couple All-NBA guys…Do I think there are that many guards better than me? No.” pic.twitter.com/bW5DiBavo1
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 23, 2019