MIAMI-Star Tatum has repeatedly stated that he felt disrespected after being cut from the All-NBA teams last year — a decision which cost him tens of million of dollars on his current contract.
Tatum wasTuesday evening, he spoke Wednesday before Game 5 of Eastern Conference finals against his opponent. There should be some criteria that voters can use to make their selections.
“What's that saying about a day late but a dollar short?” Tatum laughed with a wry smile after Boston's shootaround in FTX Arena. “Obviously, I'm thankful. That's a huge accomplishment to be first All-NBA team. This recognition has made me very grateful.
“It was not really incentivized” [to make it last year] With the money and all that. It was more about me feeling disrespected.
“It was the most frustrating part. It happened. Was I wrong to think that I was one the top 15 players in the world last year? One thousand percent. That's all behind me, and this year I did it. Now we're trying for a championship.
Tatum was not on the list last year, which meant he missed out on a clause in his contract that would have raised his salary to the next level of a max deal – 30 percent of his salary cap. This is in contrast to the 25 percent that usually falls under the rookie extensions rule under the NBA's collective bargaining arrangement..
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Tatum stated that while he wasn’t certain what the criteria should have been for voters, he did state that he believed it should be by positions, (guard, forward, center) and move to positionless. Tatum also said it didn’t make any sense.center The second place finisher was. center Should be second-team All NBA player in MVP voting
Ironically, Tatum and Embiid would have been the second team if the league had not submitted their ballots for this year.
Tatum stated that there should be rules. “I don’t know what exactly you should do, but you might have to play a certain quantity of games or you could be a playoff-team.
“I think it should be the same as the 15 best players. That's a tough task, especially for guys who are in contract years and have supermax contracts. That's likely to be a problem for the voters. In that respect, I believe there are many things that can be done.”
Tatum came in just after Boston's disappointing performance last year. Tatum had a record of.500 in the COVID shortened 2020-21 regular season. Tatum said that his playmaking was the main reason he was included this year.
He said, “We won more games last year.” “But playmaking, being able just to read the game better, slowed me down in a lot a lot.” That has been evident in my playmaking and sometimes running the offense.