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How All-NBA teams could look this season if new CBA game minimums, positionless guidelines were already in place

Apr 13, 2023

The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement with the players association includes a provision meant to curb load management, requiring a 65-game minimum to qualify for the league's awards, including All-NBA.

The rules will be installed next season if the CBA is ratified by team owners and players, but if they were set now, five players on Yahoo Sports senior writer Dan Devine's All-NBA ballot — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard — likely would not qualify. (There are three vague exceptions to the 65-game rule, per The Athletic: "One for bad faith on the part of teams, an injury exception and one for unjust circumstances.")

That also does not include recent All-NBA selections LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Ja Morant and Devin Booker, among others, none of whom would meet the 65-game threshold this season.

Yahoo Sports

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