Year-end sports awards are usually fun debate topics for fans and spectators but NBA All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell are finding out they can be costly as well.
Yesterday, the NBA revealed its All-NBA teams for the 2020-2021 season. Due to there only being 15 slots, complaints about players being eliminated from the award are common. However, Tatum and Mitchell were set to receive a $33 million bonus if they made an All-NBA team.
Despite a career season and making the All-NBA Third Team last season, Tatum was left off of this year's list because he was considered both a forward and guard. Voters labeled Tatum a forward because he received more votes at that position. However, he received more votes than Kyrie Irving who took the final guard spot.
Mitchell also averaged career highs in points and assists but was among other notable snubs, such as Devin Booker, Trae Young, and Russell Westbrook who averaged a triple-double. Tatum and Mitchell signed extensions last year that would have been worth $196 million over four years if they made an All-NBA team. The value of their deals has now been reduced to $163 million.
While Tatum and the Boston Celtics have been eliminated from the playoffs, Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz host the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 5 of their semi-final matchup Wednesday evening.
Look above for the full list of the All-NBA teams and notable snubs.
Source: CBS Sports