All-NBA 2022 roster signals generational shift

All-NBA 2022 roster signals generational shift

His Atlanta Hawks may have been knocked out of the NBA playoffs in rather embarrassing fashion a month ago, but Trae Young still earned an extra $34.5 million on a random Tuesday night in May.

The league announced its All-NBA teams ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, and Young’s selection to the third team triggered a clause in the maximum designated rookie extension he signed in the summer. last, which increases his projected salary from $172.5 million to $207 million. the next five seasons.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell missed similar raises last season when they failed to make an All-NBA team last year before their stints began. maximum extensions.

Tatum’s first-team selection on Tuesday — his second All-NBA nod in three years — arrived a year late to clear a bigger check. This still guarantees the 24-year-old’s status in the game, as well as his performance in the Eastern Conference Finals. He and 23-year-old Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic are the latest first-team winners to advance to the playoffs. Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Phoenix Suns goaltender Devin Booker were eliminated ahead of Tuesday’s announcement.

Doncic has already qualified for the $34.5million pay hike after earning back-to-back first-team caps in the previous two years. (A player exiting his rookie ladder contract may increase his maximum salary from 25% of the salary cap to 30% if he makes All-NBA in the season immediately prior to the start of his extension or in two of the previous three seasons .) His three first-team direct offers have him on a Hall of Fame path.

Tuesday’s announcement signals an All-NBA generational shift, as six of the 15 selections were first- or second-time selections. Six of the biggest snubs on the list were also awaiting word of their first nods. The first team is made up entirely of players under the age of 28 for the first time since the 1954-55 season. Doncic joins Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and Hall of Famers Tim Duncan and Max Zaslofsky (1947-49) as the only players to make the first team three times before turning 24.

The All-NBA guard hasn’t completely switched teams. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James completed his record with an 18th consecutive selection, despite missing the playoffs for the first time since his first All-NBA nod in 2005. He did part of the third team for the second time in four years. He previously made the first or second team every season from 2005-18. He also made the first team in 2020 and the second team last year.

Suns goaltender Chris Paul became the 20th player in league history to make the 11th All-NBA team. Durant is just the 27th 10-time winner, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry joined a list of 35 players to make eight All-NBA rosters. It’s the first season since 2011 that one of Curry, Paul or James Harden hasn’t made the first team. (Harden failed to make All-NBA for a third straight year.)

Antetokounmpo’s sixth selection further cements the Hall of Fame legacy of the two-time MVP. No player with so many honors has ever failed to enter the Hall of Fame. After recent inductions of Chris Webber, Ben Wallace and Tim Hardaway, the only five-time eligible All-NBA selections who haven’t been accepted to Springfield are Kevin Johnson and Amar’e Stoudemire. Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler failed to become the 80th and 81st players in history to make five All-NBA teams during his career.

Here’s the full 2022 All-NBA list (followed by a list of the biggest snubs in each position).

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has joined an elite roster of players to earn three consecutive All-NBA First Team selections.  (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has joined an elite roster of players to earn three consecutive All-NBA First Team selections. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


G: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

Stats (65 games): 28.4 PPG (46/35/74), 9.1 RPG, 8.7 APG

All-NBA Selection: Third

G: Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Stats (68 games): 26.8 PPG (47/38/87), 5.0 RPG, 4.8 APG

All-NBA Selection: First

F: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Stats (67 games): 29.9 PPG (55/29/72), 11.6 RPG, 5.8 APG

All-NBA Selection: Sixth

A: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Stats (76 games): 26.9 PPG (45/35/85), 8.0 RPG, 4.4 APG

All-NBA Selection: Second

C: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Stats (74 games): 27.1 PPG (58/34/81), 13.8 RPG, 7.9 APG

All-NBA Selection: Fourth


G: Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

Stats (57 games): 27.4 PPG (49/34/76), 6.7 APG, 5.7 RPG

All-NBA Selection: First

G: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Stats (64 games): 25.5 PPG (44/38/92), 6.3 APG, 5.2 RPG

All-NBA Selection: Eighth

To: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets

Stats (55 games): 29.9 PPG (52/38/91), 7.4 RPG, 6.4 APG

All-NBA Selection: 10th

To: DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls

Stats (76 games): 27.9 PPG (50/35/88), 5.2 RPG, 4.9 APG

All-NBA Selection: Third

C: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Stats (68 games): 30.6 PPG (50/37/81), 11.7 RPG, 4.2 APG

All-NBA Selection: Fourth


G: Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns

Stats (65 games): 14.7 PPG (49/32/84), 10.8 APG, 4.4 RPG

All-NBA Selection: 11th

G: Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Stats (76 games): 28.4 PPG (46/38/90), 9.7 APG, 3.7 RPG

All-NBA Selection: First

A: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Stats (56 games): 30.3 PPG (52/36/76), 8.2 RPG, 6.2 APG

All-NBA Selection: 18th

F: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

Stats (68 games): 22.8 PPG (49/34/75), 8.5 RPG, 5.3 APG

All-NBA Selection: Second

C: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

Stats (74 games): 24.6 PPG (53/41/82), 9.8 RPG, 3.6 APG

All-NBA Selection: Second


G: Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz

Stats (67 games): 25.9 PPG (45/36/85), 5.3 APG, 4.2 RPG

G: Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs

Stats (68 games): 21.1 PPG (46/33/79), 9.2 APG, 8.3 RPG

G: Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers

Stats (68 games): 21.7 PPG (46/38/89), 8.6 APG, 3.3 RPG

G: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls

Stats (67 games): 24.4 PPG (48/39/85), 4.6 RPG, 4.5 APG

F: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat

Stats (57 games): 21.4 PPG (48/23/87), 5.9 RPG, 5.5 APG

A: Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics

Stats (66 games): 23.6 PPG (47/36/76), 6.1 RPG, 3.5 APG

C: Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat

Stats (56 games): 19.1 PPG (0/56/75), 10.1 RPG, 3.4 APG

C: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Stats (65 games): 15.6 PPG (0/71/69), 14.7 RPG, 1.1 APG

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Ben Rohrbach is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach

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