Jayson Tatum could’ve been $33 million richer if he made one of three 2020-21 All-NBA teams, which were announced Tuesday. The Boston Celtics all-star, who made All-NBA Third Team last season, was left off this year’s list because he was eligible at both guard and forward in voting.
As a result, he was considered a forward in All-NBA voting after he received more votes at the position (69).
Basically, Tatum being so versatile actually hurt him. He signed extensions this past offseason, and if he made All-NBA it would’ve equaled out to $196 million over four years. That number is now reduced to an estimated $163 million.
“Certain players can receive contracts or extensions that are more favorable (in years and/or salary) than they ordinarily could receive. This applies to players who are finishing their rookie scale contracts (and other players with four years of experience), who can receive a starting salary up to 30% of the cap (which is normally reserved for players with 7-9 years of service)….
“In order to qualify for the higher maximum salary, players must meet certain performance criteria. At least one of the following must be true:
- The player was named to the All-NBA First, Second or Third team in the most recent season, or both of the two seasons that preceded the most recent season.
- The player was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the most recent season, or both of the two seasons that preceded the most recent season.
- The player was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in any of the three most recent seasons.”
The Celtics were eliminated by the Nets in a five-game first-round series.
The 23-year-old Tatum is coming off a career season, finishing the year with 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.