The honor of being selected as an All-Star is not the only thing on the line when the reserves are announced Tuesday night.
There are five players who could combine to earn $5 million if they are selected to the All-Star Game. Here's our look at each player who has an All-Star bonus along with the long-term financial ramifications that All-NBA voting will have for Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum, Luka Doncic, Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox and Donovan Mitchell.
We also take a midseason look at the status of players such as the Nets' Kyrie Irving, who have statistical bonuses in their contracts.
Before we take a deep dive into the five players who have an All-Star bonus in their contract, it is important to understand the selection process.
The five starters in each conference were selected by a combination of votes from the fans (50%), media (25%) and fellow players (25%). The reserves, however, are chosen solely by the 15 head coaches in each conference. They are at the controls when selecting the seven players who will fill out the roster (two guards, three frontcourt and two wild cards).
Fair or unfair, those coaches will dictate whether a player like Jaylen Brown will earn a $1.3 million bonus for getting selected to his first All-Star Game. Of course, the play of Brown on the court, the success of the Celtics and the competition among guards play a big role. The fifth-year guard is having a career season, averaging 26 points per game on 41.4% shooting from 3-point range. He ranks No. 1 among Eastern Conference shooting guards in real plus-minus.
Brown should be a lock to get selected. His main competition for the four potential backcourt spots (that is if the two wild-card spots go to a guard) should come from Ben Simmons, James Harden, Trae Young, Zach LaVine and Malcolm Brogdon.