Lauren Theisen | DEADSPIN
The All-NBA teams came out today, and Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson isn’t on any of them. While teammates Steph Curry and Kevin Durant made the first and second teams, respectively, Thompson couldn’t even sneak onto the third team. Those honors went to Russell Westbrook and Kemba Walker.
There’s a strong case to be made that this was the right call by the voters, since most advanced metrics really do not like Thompson, and the sharpshooter’s efficiency is significantly behind Curry’s or Durant’s. Still, getting left off the list is tough for Thompson’s future, because it means he won’t be eligible for a supermax deal when he becomes a free agent this summer.
That difference, of potentially $30 million, is completely beyond Thompson’s control, but you wouldn’t know it from his reaction. Upon hearing of the snub, he somehow maintains his chill, reacting the way someone would if you stole their seat when they went to the bathroom. The closest he ever comes to showing his anger comes with a mere squint into the distance, when a reporter erroneously says Bradley Beal made the team over him.
Chin up, Klay. You can still get a spot on the Calm-NBA first team.
And while he did remain “remarkably calm” upon hearing about the $30 million loss, he certainly didn’t appear very happy about it either…
Warriors’ Klay Thompson not happy after being snubbed from All-NBA team
Josh Schrock | NBC SPORTS
Klay Thompson received some bad news Thursday when the All-NBA teams were released and he was left off the list.
Warriors star Steph Curry and Houston Rockets star James Harden were voted to the first team, and Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving made the second team. Kemba Walker and Russell Westbrook were chosen as the third-team guards.
The Warriors guard was in the “others receiving votes” category, right behind Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal.
When informed of the snub at Thursday’s media availability, Thompson was visibly disgusted at the voting and explained why he believes he deserved to be selected.
“Oh, I didn’t? It already came out?” Thompson said after being told he didn’t make an All-NBA team.
When told Walker made the third team, Thompson gave a heavy eye roll.
“I mean that’s cool and all, but like, when you go to five straight Finals — I respect those guys, but when you go to five straight, it takes more than just a couple All-NBA guys,” Thompson said. “It takes an All-Time team. But whatever. I’d rather win a championship than be All-NBA.”
The snub also costs Thompson $30 million, as he’s now not eligible to receive a super-max extension from the Warriors.
“It is what it is, you know I can’t control it,” Thompson said. “Do I think there’s that many guards better than me in the league? No. That’s the reason why we are still playing, so I don’t even want to get into it.”
Thompson certainly has a point on all counts.
The five-time NBA All-Star is one of the best shooters of all time, and he put his defensive prowess on display in the Warriors’ Western Conference finals sweep of the Trail Blazers by locking up Damian Lillard.
Thompson has every reason to be upset, especially with Walker, whose Charlotte Hornets went 39-43 and missed the playoffs, making it over him. But a fourth NBA title would make it sting a little less.