On Thursday afternoon the NBA announced the All-NBA teams – an honor given to the top players at their respective positions.
In addition to crediting players for their play, the All-NBA team also impacts potential salaries of the NBA’s elite.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson learned first-hand that he had been snubbed from the team.
Not only was he not named to any of the three All-NBA teams, in doing so, he missed on out an additional $30 million. If Thompson had been named to any of the All-NBA teams, he would have been eligible for a max contract from the Warriors.
Thompson was clearly miffed at the snub, and let it show on camera.
Here’s his reaction.
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
Thompson is one of the best guards in the NBA, however, the league is stacked at the guard position and only six make the All-NBA teams.
This year, Steph Curry, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Russell Westbrook all made the list over Thompson.
Don’t cry for Klay too much. He’s still eligible for a five-year, $191 million contract from the Warriors – however that extra $30 million would have been nice.
As added consolation, Thompson and the Warriors will get the chance for yet another NBA title in the coming weeks.