Dwyane Wade Offers Klay Thompson Reality Check on His Recent All-NBA Snub

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When the All-NBA teams were announced earlier this week, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson expressed his irritation about not being named to a squad.

Recently retired Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade took to social media to note that such snubs are inevitable in a talent-laden league.

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Thompson was not listed among the six guards selected, falling short in the vote to these players: his teammate Stephen Curry, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and Kemba Walker.

While acknowledging the talents of the players chosen, the Warriors’ fifth consecutive finals appearance was something that Thompson felt should have been factored into the voting process.

Likely, a more important reason for Thompson’s anger was the fact that his omission means that he won’t be eligible for a supermax contract when he becomes a free agent this July. Instead of the $221 million over five years that he was in position to receive, his maximum contract can now only be $190 million.

Of course, that fact is not likely to draw much sympathy, considering that amount still works out to $38 million per season. For the 2018-19 season, he averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while connecting at a 40.2 percent rate from beyond the arc.

Wade’s perspective is shaped by the fact that he was also snubbed during his career, most notably in 2009, when he finished third in the voting. That was in spite of leading the league in scoring with an average of 30.2 points per game, while dishing out 7.5 assists and grabbing 5.0 rebounds per contest.

That third-place finish saw him finish close behind Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Wade had some consolation in the fact that his close friend and future Heat teammate LeBron James won the award.
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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for HeatNation.com, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.