Denver Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic, the NBA’s MVP, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, the NBA’s leading scorer, highlighted the announcement of the 2020-21 All-NBA teams On tuesday night.
Jokic and Curry were two of five players named to the All-NBA first team, where they were joined by Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard. .
The second team featured Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns at the guard posts, Julius Randle of the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers star, LeBron James at forward, and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers at center while the third team consisted of Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets and Bradley of the Washington Wizards. Beal at guard, Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat and Paul George of the LA Clippers as forward, and Rudy Gobert of Utah as center.
It was the third straight All-NBA pick for Jokic, including a second straight first-team nomination, while Curry won his fourth first-team pick and seventh overall, after missing virtually the entire season due to a fracture. in the hand.
For both Antetokounmpo and Leonard, Tuesday’s selection was their third to the first team and fifth overall, while Doncic has now been named to the first team in each of the past two seasons.
Meanwhile, James increased his record for total NBA picks to 17, while also having the third second-team pick of his career (he was named to the third team in 2019, his first season with the Lakers, a year that also saw him lose significant time due to injury). Randle got his first All-NBA pick as part of a tremendous season for him with the Knicks, in which New York reached the Playoffs for the first time in eight years; In addition, Randle was named an All-Star for the first time and, earlier this month, he was honored as the Most Improved Player in the NBA this season.
Paul became one of 26 players to be named to an All-NBA team 10 times in his career in what is the latest honor for him in a brilliant first season in Phoenix that has seen the Suns reach the Finals of the Western Conference in their first time in the Playoffs in more than a decade. Embiid earned his third All-NBA pick, to the second team, while Butler won his fourth pick, but first over the third team.
Beal made his third team for his first All-NBA pick, while Irving had his third pick. Gobert, who earned his third Defensive Player of the Year award last week, won his fourth All-NBA pick, as did Butler, while George has now been selected for six All-NBA teams in his career.
Tuesday’s announcement also had financial ramifications for several players.
For Embiid and Luka Doncic, joining this year’s All-NBA team means that they will both be eligible to sign supermax contract extensions with their respective teams this offseason. For Embiid, that would mean signing a four-year extension worth $ 190.6 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, which would start from the 2023-24 season. Doncic, meanwhile, would be eligible to sign a five-year extension worth $ 201.5 million, according to Marks.
Meanwhile, Jokic became eligible to sign a supermax extension after the 2021-22 season when he was named NBA MVP last week.
Several other players missed pay raises because they were not named to an All-NBA team. For both Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, missing the All-NBA means the five-year extensions they signed before last season will be worth $ 163 million, compared to the $ 195.6 million that would have been obtained.
Tatum actually had more total points for an All-NBA spot than Irving (69 to 61). But because voting is done by position (two guard spots, two forward spots and one center spot on each team), Tatum finished 20 points behind George for sixth and last forward spot on the ballot.
Both Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox and Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo also missed potential salary increases by failing to make the All-NBA.
Meanwhile, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine would have been eligible to sign a supermax extension this offseason had he made the All-NBA. With one year remaining on his contract, he would still be eligible to do it again next offseason when he becomes an unrestricted free agent if he makes an All-NBA team next season.