Hot Takes: 13-Year Contract?

Is anyone in the NBA worth a 13-year contract with no early opt-outs, and also a full no-trade clause? An early opt-out would allow a team, or player get out of a contract earlier than the end of it. Then a full no-trade clause is when the team isn’t allowed to trade a player unless he agrees he wants to leave the team and he also has to agree to the destination as well.

If you guys don’t really pay attention the Major League Baseball, then you probably haven’t heard that Bryce Harper was signed to a 13-year, $330 million dollar contract. So, in this article, we are going to decide if these five players deserve a 13-year contract for the NBA. There are three things to take into account that helped us decide who would be put into this conversation. Keep in mind, we imagined that these players were all on contract years to expand the player pool of who is available for a 13-year contract. We also had the restriction of not being able to pick rookies or sophomores to make it more difficult. I had my friend and brother help with these picks, @dylopillow, and @Bruhyce.

Age- The age of a player is huge when deciding who gets a 13-year contract. In many instances, 13 years could be a full NBA career, so you’re essentially signing a player for his entire career. 

Durability- This is one of the most important things to consider when we give someone an extended contract. If a player is getting hurt constantly, you wouldn’t offer him a 13-year contract right? That’s like offering Andrew Bynum a 13 year after he had blown out his knee bowling.

Play Style- Another important thing to consider when you are handing out 13-year contracts is how they play. An explosive dunker won’t be as effective in his old age. A shooter like Stephen Curry would be much more useful in their old age. Note: We were able to pick the same player because of the lack of players in this pool.

@dylopillow’s First Pick: Nikola Jokić

Jokić is currently 24 years old, so he is a perfect candidate for a 13-year contract. By the end of this contract, he will be 37 years old and will be able to retire after the end of it. Jokić is not like your typical NBA center. He is a brilliant passer and a crafty post player that has the ability to step outside the three-point line to hit the shot. He shoots 35% from the three-point line which is a very solid number for a big man. He has become one of the NBA’s best centers this season. He was also selected to this year’s all-star game for the first time in his career this season. His age and play style will work for a 13-year contract, and he is also one of the most durable centers in the NBA right now. He has never missed more than ten games in a season. If Jokić was rewarded a 13-year contract, it may be worth it.

@dylopillow’s Second Pick and @Bruhyce’s First Pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis doesn’t need an introduction, but he is only 24 years old. He is in the running for this seasons MVP, he has been in the all-star game three years in a row and is widely considered one of the best players in the Eastern conference on one of the best NBA teams. The point is, Giannis is good. He has a unique play style, his length helps him get around the defense as well as play the solid perimeter and interior defense. If he was able to develop his jump shot a little more, he could be unstoppable. He is very durable as the most games he has missed in a season is seven. He would be a great candidate for a 13-year deal.

@Bruhye’s Second Pick, My First Pick: Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns is one of the youngest players on this list, as well as one of the brightest young stars in the NBA. He is currently 23 years old, and has already been an all-star two years in a row. KAT is a “new-age” center that can also protect the rim. He rebounds at a high rate (11.8 rebounds for his career so far), he also blocks a decent amount of shots as well with 1.5 blocks for his career. I don’t think Kat will ever be a rim-protecting big man. But he does have one of the most dynamic offensive games as a center. He has the ability to post up the defense, as well as step outside the three-point line as well. Last season, KAT shot a scolding 42.1% from three-point range. That is a great percentage for a big man. I would argue, that KAT is one of the best centers in the NBA, he is just getting started too. But he is definitely worth a 13-year contract.

My Second Pick: Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons is going to be considered a third year player for this article. He technically is because he was officially on the Philadelphia 76er’s roster back in 2016, when he was picked with the first overall pick. He was injured his first entire year, and last season he was able to snatch the Rookie of the Year award. Nonetheless, he is still someone I consider as a third year player. He is currently 22, almost going on 23 years old, so that makes him the youngest player on this list. He was also selected for his first ever all-star game this season. He is a very durable player, he only missed one game last season. Of course he missed the whole first season of his career. But I don’t think that injury is lingering because he was able to stay healthy all of last season. So he checks off on the durability and the age, but what about the play style? I am going to say yes because he is a huge point guard at 6’10. Simmons becomes a match-up nightmare for teams with smaller guards. He also has some of the best vision and play making in the NBA. For his career so far, he has averaged 8 assists a game. He is also a great finisher around the rim as he shoots around 55.5% from the field for his career. His one weakness, his jump shot. He has never even made a three point shot. He has eight threes taken for his career, and I am willing to bet that a majority of them were half-court heaves at the end of the quarter. Other than that, I would think Ben Simmons is a great fit for a 13-year contract.

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