The NBA just announced the All-NBA teams and, as per usual, there are some huge snubs.
The worst part about this is that it directly impacts the finances of the players, as young stars such as Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum missed on a huge sum of money after missing the cut, as per Bleacher Report.
"Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell were not named to the All-NBA teams, which were announced on Tuesday. Those snubs will prevent each player from potentially earning an additional $33 million, as noted by ESPN's Bobby Marks," said the report.
Obviously, it's not like they need that kind of money, but perhaps letting the media decide whether you get paid or not it's not fair for the players.
Year after year, some great performers get snubbed from this list. It's just the way it is, as there can only be 15 players and the league features dozens of stars.
That's why today, we're going to honor those who didn't make the cut but should have, letting you know about the top snubs from this year's All-NBA teams.
6. Zion Williamson
27.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.7 APG, 61% FG
Zion Williamson was a sensation in the media even before he made it to the NBA. However, he lost a lot of exposition this year with LaMelo Ball stealing most of the highlights for up-and-coming players.
Even so, Williamson had an outstanding season. He was efficient and dominant and took his game to a new height with his playmaking skills. Shooting 61% and averaging over 27 points per game on your first full season in the league is quite impressive.
5. Trae Young
25.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 9.4 APG, 2.2 3PG
Trae Young should be used to these kinds of things at this point, as he just doesn't get the credit and praise he deserves. Maybe, that's due to playing for a small market team and the never-ending comparisons with Luka Doncic.
But don't let the media fool you. Trae Young was a baller this season, ranking among the league's leaders in assists per game and become a more efficient player overall, leading his Hawks to the playoffs for the first time in years.
4. Russell Westbrook
22.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 11.7 APG, 1.4 SPG
Russell Westbrook finished the season in a strong fashion, even becoming the league's all-time leader in triple-doubles. He willed the Washington Wizards into the playoffs and deserves as much credit as Bradley Beal.
Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the fourth season in his career and helped the Wizards make a playoff push despite their terrible start of the season and the multiple injuries they had to endure.
3. Jayson Tatum
26.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 2.9 3PG
Jayson Tatum continued to take steps forwards and prove that he has what it takes to be the face of a historic franchise like the Boston Celtics. Regardless of the plethora of injuries they suffered and even his bout with Covid-19, he still brought his A-Game.
Tatum was the leader of the Celtics throughout the season. When Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, and/or Jaylen Brown weren't there, he was, and his numbers speak for themselves.
2. Devin Booker
25.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.9 3PG, 48% FG
Devin Booker has been constantly snubbed and disrespected. He's constantly snubbed from All-Star consideration and the fact that he didn't even make the All-NBA third team is outrageous.
The Phoenix Suns had the second-best record in the NBA and Booker was their leading scorer and biggest factor. He continues to blossom into an unstoppable offensive machine right before our eyes.
1. Donovan Mitchell
26.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 3.4 3PG
The fact that Donovan Mitchell wasn't among the league's top-15 players is beyond me. Let me see if I get this straight, you're telling me that the best player on the team with the best record in the league wasn't a top-15 player in the league?
Mitchell made some great strides as a defender and a decision-maker while continuing to be a huge threat from all three levels. He's a leader on and off the court, and this snub was flat-out disrespectful.