Klay Thompson clearly was annoyed he wasn’t selected one of three All-NBA Teams this year, but it has nothing to do with the extra money he could have made.
The Golden State Warriors guard could have pocketed an extra $30 million in free agency had he been selected, allowing him to potentially sign a five-year $221 million super-max deal. But Thompson wants to continue to boost his already-impressive NBA résumé, and an All-NBA Team nod would have done just that.
“The money’s nice, but I’m just trying to build a résumé,” he said, via ESPN. “And I see some other guys who played my position growing up, you know, the Ray Allens, Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin — I try to be in that mold. They made, you know, three, four All-NBA teams — I’m trying to get to that level. And it didn’t happen this year, but hopefully, go to another Finals next year and it might happen then.
“But I just wanted to make that team so badly just because it’s a huge honor thing, you know,” Thompson added. “Being recognized as a top-15 player in the best basketball league in the world, that’s amazing. But like I said before, the opportunity to win a championship is greater.”
Thompson already is a three-time NBA champion, and has been selected to the All-NBA Third Team twice.
But he’ll need to put the disappointment behind him as the Warriors get set to take on the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.
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