The Top 5 Biggest NBA All-Star Snubs
Source: Associated Press
The All-Star teams are set and ready to go and every year it seems there are obvious snubs, so in the spirit of that here are my 5 biggest All-Star snubs:
The guard from Kentucky has had a stand out season in Phoenix thus far. He's averaging around 27 points and is one of the most exciting players in the league. Compared to some of his counterparts that were named as reserves, Booker has better stats (looking at you Chris Paul). He's shooting over 50 percent from the floor and hitting 36 percent behind the arc, all while playing 36 mins on the court. Even as a shooting guard Booker ranks in the top 20 in assists and is just right.
Booker himself criticized today's NBA landscape the day after he got left off the All-Star squad saying "Now it's an entertainment-, drama-, political-filled league". Booker also stated that basketball isn't the game he fell in love as a kid. The Western Conference is deeper in terms of talent and Paul or Westbrook should have been left off the roster for the Sun’s sharpshooter.
Beal joined Devin Booker as the only other player averaging at least 27 points to not be invited to the All-Star game this year. Since Wall got hurt last season, Beal has taking in took responsibility as the main guy in Washington. Compared to some of his counterparts, Beal simply outshines the likes of Kyle Lowry and Khris Middleton. Lowry is behind Siakam, and Middleton is second behind Giannis Antentloumpo.
For a guy who's been playing second fiddle to Wall, Beal has proven he can step up to the plate. The Wizards record is dreadful but surprisingly they're only 4.5 games back of the 8th seeded Orlando Magic. This season he's scored more points, averaged more assists, and his shooting stats have all improved, although he’s slightly dipped in 3pt percentage. Still, Beal has flourished on a team with minimal talent to work with and deserves to be rewarded for it.
The Celtics have two All-Stars in Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, but they should probably have a third in Jaylen Brown. The 4th year Forward is averaging 20 points for the first time in his career, is also averaging close to 7 boards, and is averaging close to 40 percent from downtown. With Kyrie Irving now in Brooklyn, Brown has a bigger role a part in Bostons offence and it’s allowed him to flourish.
A good shooter/scorer with solid defensive skills, Brown helped carry the load while Kemba went down with injuries. His stats are not far off when compared to Tatum's, and more importantly, Boston is having a good season, so why not have their three-headed monster participate in the all-star game?
Towns is another surprising name left off the All-Star roster. Towns is averaging a double-double with a career-high 26.9 points and close to 11 boards. Town's passing has also improved and his assist totals are reflecting that. Among all Centres in the league, he's 1st in scoring and 6th in total rebounds. He is also hitting 51 percent from the field which is a little lower than previous seasons, but given he’s taking more shots simply because he has to, it’s understandable.
The West is deep but Towns should have gotten a roster spot. Ironically though the Timberwolves are on a lengthy losing streak and it could be the reason why he might have gotten snubbed. He's not a great defender like some of his peers at his position, yet the Timberwolves struggling shouldn't be the reason Towns wasn’t have selected to his third All-Star game. Towns is easily the best player in Minnesota and much like Booker, their record does not help their case.
The Bulls Forward has taken himself from a dunker to a bonafide scorer. LaVine's averaging over 25 points, which is a career-high, and it’s the second straight season he’s averaging over at least 20 a game. LaVine's high calibre play has helped the Bulls move into striking distance for the 8th seed in the East. The snub is especially baffling considering the All-Star game is in Chicago and despite being in the middle of a career year, he doesn't get the hometown nod.
LaVine is 12th in overall scoring, he’s rebounding more, and his shooting is much improved, all this makes him deserving of a spot on the team. LaVine's snub has disappointed many Bulls fans who were looking for one of their players to be selected. Guess they’ll just have to settle seeing hometown boy Anthony Davis do his thing.