When the All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams were announced on Thursday, Anthony Davis' name was not one of the 15 who received the Association's highest honors.
Not only did the snub hurt him emotionally, but it hurt him financially as well.
Averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game this season, Davis was the only player in the entire league to average 20-plus points, 10-plus boards and 2-plus blocks. But in the end, playing for the underachieving 30-52 New Orleans Pelicans definitely played a role in him being left off the three teams.
During last year's offseason, the Pelicans agreed to a five-year contract extension with Davis. It kicks in next season for the greatest amount they can pay him. The so-called "Rose Rule" would have thrown in a nice bonus with the following stipulations...
"That rule states a player with zero to six years of experience (eligible for a maximum salary worth 25 percent of the cap), such as Davis, can earn the salary of a player with seven to nine years of experience (30 percent of the cap) by meeting any one of these criteria, per the collective bargaining agreement:
Since those three terms were not met, he will make $121 million guaranteed over the next five seasons instead of a ridiculous $145 million. If he was even named to the Third Team, he would have cashed in.
Anthony Davis is not headed to the bank today after missing out on $24M 💸💸💸😂😂 https://t.co/z207APFrcA— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 27, 2016
In the grand scheme of things, the difference between $145 and $121 million won't be a life-or-death scenario for Davis. The dude will be just fine.
I feel bad for Anthony Davis losing $24 mil, that’s a lot of cheese. I do hope he can find solace in the other $121 million he is guaranteed— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 26, 2016
This is not a sob story. If you think about it, the star power forward will probably make this up in endorsement deals.
Plus, it's worth pointing out that incentives are meant to be earned. AD simply didn't earn anything.
LRT: Some may consider this semantics, but Anthony Davis did not, in fact, "lose" anything. Incentive $ have to be earned. He didn't.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 26, 2016
As for Damian Lillard, who signed a similar deal before the season? He's cashing in.
Damian Lillard's berth on the All-NBA Second Team makes his extension from last summer more than $20 million richer thanks to the Rose Rule.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 26, 2016
What's obvious is that if Davis wants to be regarded as one of the game's best, he will need to be surrounded with talent and his team needs to win games. Since he's taking up so much of the cap, attracting free agents to New Orleans may be tougher than one might think.
You have to hope that a once-in-a-generation type talent like Davis doesn't go completely to waste on a bunch of losing teams.
At the end of the day, we are talking about a 23-year-old with more money than probably the closest 1,000 people around you combined. He will survive. What were you doing when you were 23?
Sorry for making you feel bad about yourself.
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