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Five things that Anthony Davis could've bought with the $25m he missed out on

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New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis was not selected to any of the All-NBA teams that were announced by the league on Thursday which had a significant effect on the big man financially.

The 23-year-old missed out on an additional $25 million that he would have received had he made any of the three All-NBA teams. 

Davis played just 61 games this year and was shut down late in March to undergo shoulder and knee injuries as the Pelicans had no chance of making the playoffs.

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Last summer, the youngster signed a five-year $145m extension with the franchise - $25m of which he would've earned had he met the criteria of the "Derrick Rose Rule".

The NBA’s “Derrick Rose rule” ensures that a player on a rookie contract who is voted an All-Star starter twice, selected to any of the three All-NBA teams twice, or wins a regular-season MVP award is eligible to make 30 percent of the league’s cap amount instead of 25 percent.

Damian Lillard was a beneficiary of this as he was named to the All-NBA Second Team and will earn an extra $13m. 

The Brow may feel a little hard done by as he was the only player to average 20 points, 10 rebounds and, two blocks this year.

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The Kentucky product, however, still stands to make $121 million so it's not all doom and gloom. But it does make you wonder what he could've purchased with the further $25m.

Per AgilOne, here are five things Davis could've treated himself (and maybe others) to:

Clone Yourself

According to Forbes, it could cost about $1.7m to clone a human being. It's fair to say, with no disrespect to New Orleans, that Davis isn't on the most talented team in the NBA. 

As a number one draft pick, you tend to join one of the league's poorer teams and it is up to you to make them better and attract quality players to play alongside you. 

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What if Davis didn't need to do that and could clone himself instead? Imagine a team of 12 Anthony Davis'?

They would certainly own the paint and make it a no-entry zone for the rest of the league. That is something the Pelicans - and Davis - can only dream of.

Twelve Hours to speak to Kristen Stewart

Now, we have no knowledge of whether Davis is a fan of Twilight and if he is, to what extent. In 2013, a Middle Eastern prince offered Stewart $500k for a 15-minute chat. 

If AD was as big a fan of the actress as the prince is, he would've been able to afford 12 hours of exchanging pleasantries with her. 

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An island in Florida

For $20 million the three-time All-Star could've bought the Broad Keys, a private island in Key Largo, Florida. 

According to Private Islands Online, it's "a sportsman and yachtsman's haven" and "you can do anything you want, create anything you want and be whoever you want."

It speaks for itself really.

With the Pelicans missing out on the playoffs this year and possibly in other campaigns down the line, what better place would there be for AD to spend his long offseasons.

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Fly the whole team into space 

As an NBA player, you spend the majority of your time throughout the year with your teammates. They become like family to you as you see them more than most members of your own family on frequent occasions. 

So, it's frequent to indulge in team bonding exercises and activities to create a chemistry off the court that hopefully translates onto the court, too. 

There's nothing worse than bad chemistry among a team that leads to problems on the floor, just ask the Houston Rockets.

As mentioned already (sorry to bring this up again Pels fans) but the Louisiana-based franchise hasn't made the playoffs this season, so is there a better way for the team to bond with one another than a trip to space?

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Virgin Galactic offers commercial space travel for $250,000 per seat, which could've easily been covered with the $25m.

25,000 Kilograms of the Worlds Most Expensive Coffee

Again, I can't claim to know if Anthony Davis is a lover of coffee. But, like a lot of people, he may not like the early morning starts and the long working days. 

Nothing gets you through those moments better than a good cup of coffee. 

For an athlete, regular intakes of caffeine may not be recommended, but it does help. 

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Kopi Luwak is the world's most expensive coffee. It costs about $1,000 per kilogram. 25,000 kilograms could be shared with every staff member at the Smoothie King Center and the entire organisation can benefit from that boost of energy.

The former NCAA champion and All-NBA performer shouldn't lose too much sleep over the lost money (which is easier said than done) as he will make a ton of it over the course of his career as he is destined to be a superstar in the league and dominate for years to come.

But if he ever has a spare $25m, we hope we've given him a few pointers on how to spend it. You're welcome AD. 

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