Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, the NBA’s MVP, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, the league’s scoring leader, highlighted the announcement of the 2020-21 All-NBA teams on Tuesday night.
Jokic and Curry were two of the five players named to the first team, where they were joined by Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard. All three teams were unveiled on TNT”s “Inside The NBA” ahead of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Bucks.
The second team featured Portland’s Damian Lillard and Phoenix’s Chris Paul at the guard spots, New York’s Julius Randle and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James at forward, and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid at center, while the third team was comprised of Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving and Washington’s Bradley Beal at guard, Miami’s Jimmy Butler and the Clippers’ Paul George at forward, and Utah’s Rudy Gobert at center.
It was the third straight All-NBA selection for Jokic, including a second straight first-team nod, while Curry earned his fourth first-team selection, and seventh overall, after missing virtually all of last season with a broken bone in his hand.
For both Antetokounmpo and Leonard, Tuesday’s selection was their third first-team selection, and fifth overall, while Doncic has now been named to the first team each of the past two seasons.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, missing out on All-NBA means the five-year extensions they signed prior to last season will be worth $163 million, as opposed to the $195.6 million they would’ve been had they made one of the All-NBA teams.
Tatum actually had more total points for an All-NBA spot than Irving (69 to 61). But because the voting is done by positions (two guard spots, two forward spots and a center spot on each team), Tatum finished 20 points behind George for the sixth and final forward spot in the voting.
Both Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox and Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo also missed out on potential pay increases by failing to make All-NBA.
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, meanwhile, would’ve been eligible to sign a supermax extension this offseason had he made All-NBA. With one year remaining on his contract, he would still be eligible to do so again next offseason when he becomes an unrestricted free agent if he makes an All-NBA team next season.