Friday, December 23, 2011

Derrick Rose Rule

To qualify for the [additional salary] bonus, a player must be named league MVP, be voted in as starter to two All-Star games or earn [1st, 2nd or 3rd team] All-NBA honors twice within his first four seasons.
Qualifiers Thus Far:
Rose won MVP last year
Kevin Durant has been an All-NBA First Team selection each of the past two seasons.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was Second-team all-NBA last year, so he would be eligible for the same bump if he's named to an All-NBA team this season.
Good News So far for Wolves and Clippers:
Neither Blake Griffin nor Kevin Love has ever made an all-NBA club, so they would not become eligible this year unless they won the league MVP.
The Rose Rule does give a player four years to become eligible, so Love and Griffin could still make it with two straight all-NBA selections.

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