Kemba Walker could get $32 million annual raise if he makes All-NBA team this season
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker is on the midst of one of the best years of his career and doing so at a great time, as his contract year could propel him into the mega-deal he’s been long overdue for. If Walker makes the All-NBA team this season, that would meet the criteria to make him eligible for the super max provision, allowing him to occupy up to 35 percent of the salary cap, which would translate into a five-year, $220 million contract, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
Walker is currently making $12 million this season, but could command as much as $44 million per season by making what is already looking like a no-brainer appearance in the All-NBA team, though he won’t be short in competition.
A five-year, $220 million pact would make Walker the best-paid player in the NBA by annual measures, something that can prove true if he manages to remain in the top-five in scoring (currently fourth with 27.9 points per game) and keep the Hornets in the playoff picture — now coming off a rousing win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
If Walker falls shy of the All-NBA team, the Hornets could still offer him the normal max at five years and $189 million, which will still prove a massive raise at $37.8 million per year.
The Bronx native is putting up the best scoring average of his career, along with a career-best in assists (6.5), shooting percentage (44.9 percent) and 3-pointers made (3.8 per game) — yet his numbers will only go as far as he’s able to take this team, as there is only six guards in the entire league that can make the All-NBA team.