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All-NBA nod would make Anthony Davis eligible for supermax in 2019

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis could be very well on his way to earning All-NBA honors this season, a particular accomplishment that would make him eligible for a five-year, $230 million supermax contract extension in the summer of 2019, projected to be the largest in NBA history, according to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks.

Davis earned All-NBA honors in 2016-17 and if he can muster the same accolade in this 2017-18 season, it would make it two out of the previous three seasons (before 2019) — fulfilling the requirements to be eligible for this newly-available extension through the 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The supermax was put in place to give franchises a way to lock down their star players, allowing them to offer a substantial amount of additional money to their cornerstone player, so long as they hold the bird rights.

Davis, who has been rumored to be a fit with the Boston Celtics and other contenders, would have to think twice before leaving money on the table, given that any team outside of the New Orleans Pelicans would only be able to offer him a contract spanning four years, with likely a lot less compensation for his services.

The 24-year-old Chicago native has the numbers to get an All-NBA nod, averaging 27.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game this season — numbers that will grow as he becomes the lone star-chaser in this playoff race with his partner-in-crime DeMarcus Cousins on the shelf for the rest of the season.

The Pelicans have won four games in a row and are hanging by the thread for the eighth and last playoff spot in the brutal Western Conference — something that will bring the most out of Davis’ performance moving through this last stretch.