Anthony Davis is having another dynamite season, averaging 23.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. It wasn’t long ago that basketball fans were hyping Davis as the next big NBA superstar. But those same fans aren’t showing the Brow much love this season.
In the NBA Western Conference frontcourt All-Star voting, Davis finished ninth, behind players like Zaza Pachulia and Enes Kanter. Davis might get into the game as a coaches’ selection, but missing out on being voted an All-Star starter could cost him some serious coin. Davis has an incentive provision in his contract worth an additional $23 million if by the end of the season he achieves one of the following:
- Named to the All-NBA First, Second or Third team at least twice
- Voted as a starter in the All-Star game at least twice
- Named the NBA Most Valuable Player at least once
Last season, Davis was a starter in the All-Star game and an All-NBA selection, and his numbers are good enough to have made him an All-Star starter again this year. However, the Pelicans’ dismal first half apparently diminished the public view of Davis, and it could cost him big money.
He’s a long shot for NBA MVP, so to receive the $23 million, he must earn another All-NBA selection. That might be difficult this year, because he’s up against guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George—all of whom are playing at a high level.
If you notice Davis going hard in garbage time during the second half of the season, just remember he’s got money on his mind.