The two prolific shooters were snubbed by the voters at every level, thus depriving them of the massive paydays.
Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker are now eligible for the NBA's super maximum contract extension this summer. Klay Thompson and Bradley Beal were left off All-NBA teams.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 23, 2019
Thompson and Beal are ineligible for super maximum contract extensions this summer, while Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker, who both made an All-NBA team, are.
The case for Lillard is understandable. He's the face of the Portland Trail Blazers and practically willed them to the Western Conference Finals. That's no excuse for Thompson's absence, though.
Thompson, perhaps one of the most underappreciated players in the entire NBA and an All-Star for the fifth consecutive year, averaged 21.5 points per game on 46.7% shooting this year, all while sharing the ball with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.
It's also disrespectful that Kemba Walker, who fared marginally better as the top scoring option on the Charlotte Hornets, was voted in over him.
Kemba Walker has been named to the All-NBA third team and is eligible for a supermax worth $221.3 million over five years. The most any other team could offer is $140.6 million over four years. From March, on the implications for the Hornets and the NBA: https://t.co/s1xtrxXBjU— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) May 23, 2019
Beal's snub is equally mystifying. An All-Star this year as well, he matched Walker's 25.6 points per game, was a far more effective shooter, and finished with more win shares (7.6) than Walker (7.4).
At least one, if not both, of Thompson and Beal deserved recognition for their efforts.
NBA All-Stars who weren't All NBA"— Paul R. Cherrington ??? (@paulcherrington) May 23, 2019
All NBA who wasn't an All-Star@rudygobert27 https://t.co/Q6jncjwuxZ
Instead, the two have been outright robbed of the massive paydays that they so richly deserve.