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All-NBA teams: Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell miss cut, lose $33 million each thanks to ridiculous voter setup

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The three 2020-21 All-NBA teams were announced on Tuesday, and a couple notable names were left off: Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell.

The way this works is this: When a player signs a rookie extension, he is eligible to make 30 percent of the cap in the first year of the deal, with the annual raises starting from that basis point, if he makes an All-NBA team in the year prior to the start of the deal, in two of the previous three seasons. Sure, nobody’s crying for a guy making over $160 million, but $33 million is $33 million.

– Adam Himmelsbach June 16, 2021

How many voters are honestly watching every single game that every one of these guys play? If you’re on the fence about a player like, say, LeBron James, who played four games over the final seven weeks of the season, how do you not go with Tatum or Mitchell for purely monetary reasons? LeBron making his 17th All-NBA team doesn’t mean a thing to his bank account or his ego.

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