May 18, 2017, 9:00 pm
Unfortunately, the NBA had to give everyone an off day on Thursday for playoff games. This means the only topics we can cover in this Daily Dish are news headlines around the league.
As for headlines, the main one that released today was the individual players named to the All-NBA teams. For those of you that missed it, here is a list of the players named:
- All-NBA First Team: James Harden, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis
- All-NBA Second Team: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert, Stephen Curry and Isaiah Thomas
- All-NBA Third Team: Draymond Green, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, John Wall and DeMar DeRozan
In case you didn’t notice, there were several players that got snubbed just like every other year. Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard and Karl-Anthony Towns are all players that received votes but didn’t make the cut. While some may think this is simply an award to add to player accolades, missing the cut will actually end up costing Gordon Hayward and Paul George a large amount of money. By not making the All-NBA teams, these players are ineligible for certain max contract extensions by their current teams. This is just another clause added in to the NBA collective bargaining agreement that causes absolute chaos for the media during free agency (and the months leading up to it for certain big name players).
Paul George has already had plenty of rumors flying around about him wanting to leave Indiana for Los Angeles and without a financial benefit to stay in Indiana, we may see the end of George in a Pacers jersey in the not too distant future.
As for the NBA playoffs, we will be heading back to Boston for game 2 of the Celtics-Cavaliers series on Friday night. King James came out hot and will look to keep pace with the currently playoff undefeated Warriors. In the west, the Spurs will look to rebound on their home court and fight their way back in to the series. Kawhi Leonard is still listed as questionable for game 3 for now, but the Spurs will definitely need him to stand a chance.