Imagine for a moment the fate of your job rested squarely on the quality of your next big presentation. It’s quite possible, rather, it’s almost a certainty that you’d do everything within your power to ensure you performed at your absolute peak. After all, with such high stakes on the table, you’d be a fool not to.
This isn’t altogether different from the situation many NBA players find themselves facing as they enter the final year of their current contracts, and why we see such a tight correlation between career-best statistics and players in contract years.
With the looming influx of money from the new TV deal, the stakes will be as high as they’ve ever been as players look to set themselves up for massive paydays in the “summer of Durant”.
Here are the 10 players with the most to lose, or gain, from their performance next season.