Rudy Gobert is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, a two-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection, and last season made the All-NBA Team.
But he has never made the All-Star game.
If he did this season, it would be worth a cool $1 million.
In a story about contract incentives, Andy Larson of the Salt Lake Tribune wrote this:
Ten players on the Jazz have incentives written into their contracts that give them financial bonuses for reaching off-court or on-court benchmarks, far more than any other team in the NBA. For some players, those total in the millions of dollars…
If Gobert is named to the NBA’s first All-Defense team, he’s given an extra $500K. If the Jazz allow fewer than 100 points per 100 possessions while he’s on the floor, Gobert gets another $250K. If he gets enough rebounds per 36 minutes, he gets another $250K.
And if he is named an All-Star starter or reserve, he gets a cool $1 million bonus.
Sorry, but it’s a longshot Gobert makes it this year.
So far in the fan voting, Gobert isn’t even in the top-10 of Western Conference frontcourt players (there is no center designation in the All-Star Game, just three “frontcourt” players). Which is a little unfair, how is he behind DeMarcus Cousins, who has yet to set foot on a court this season?