Every player who is ineligible for the NBA's post-season awards

Sorry in advance if your favorite player is on this list.

Jan 22, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) looks on
Jan 22, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) looks on / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Per the league's new Player Participation Policy, if players don't play 65 games, they're out of the running for big individual awards -- including Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, and All-NBA. A little over 40 games into the season, we are approaching the halfway point. In light of this, here's a look at the stars who are already disqualified for post-season awards.

Every player ineligible for NBA's post-season awards:

PLAYER

GAMES PLAYED

GAMES MISSED

MAX GAMES

Chris Paul

32

19

63

Tyler Herro

33

20

62

Bojan Bogdanovic

30

21

61

Kyrie Irving

32

22

60

Anfernee Simons

29

23

59

Evan Mobley

29

24

58

Bradley Beal

29

24

58

Darius Garland

28

24

58

Draymond Green

27

24

58

LaMelo Ball

22

31

51

Marcus Smart

20

34

48

Ben Simmons

8

41

41

Joel Embiid*

34

19

34

Zach LaVine

25

29

25

Ja Morant

9

43

9

As you can see, Morant, Simmons, Green, and Beal have already been disqualified from end-of-season awards. Morant underwent season-ending surgery after missing the first 25 games due to suspension. Simmons has struggled to stay on the court his whole career. A back injury held Beal back in Phoenix at the start of the year. Green's conduct has led to suspensions which have forced him to miss a significant amount of games. Overall, it's unfortunate that players are forced to miss major portions of their seasons due to incidents beyond their control (in most cases). The player not only loses out on end-of-season awards but also on a bigger paycheck — an additional slap in the face for the player.

The Player Participation Policy states that only one of two criteria must be met. According to the second criteria, a player may play 62 games, but only if he or she suffers a season-ending injury. That player also must have played in at least 85 percent of the regular-season games their team played prior to the injury.

Players flirting with ineligibility

There are a number of players who are dangerously close to disqualification/not reaching the 65-game threshold.

PLAYER

GAMES PLAYED

GAMES MISSED

MAX GAMES

Donovan Mitchell

43

9

73

Cade Cunningham

42

10

72

Lauri Markkanen

44

10

72

Nic Claxton

42

10

72

Jordan Clarkson

44

10

72

Bam Adebayo

43

10

72

Scoot Henderson

41

11

71

Khris Middleton

43

11

71

Terry Rozier

40

11

71

Malcolm Brogdon

39

12

70

OG Anunoby

41

12

70

Tyrese Haliburton

42

13

69

CJ McCollum

40

13

69

Jimmy Butler

37

13

69

Jamal Murray*

40

14

68

Kristaps Porzingis

39

14

68

Deandre Ayton

35

16

66

*If Murray stays healthy enough and eventually gets named All-NBA at the end of the season, an honor that has so far eluded him, the Nuggets could offer him a supermax. Definitely will have to keep an eye on him going forward. With 40 games down, it will be interesting to see who manages to remain eligible for these post-season awards. One thing's for certain: this year's NBA award landscape could look very different.

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