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The All-Star game rosters were just announced and some of the best players in the league were added. However, there were lots of snubs this year and lots of fans are a little salty. So let's take a look at the talent that missed the cut this year.
Just for reference, here are the current All-Star rosters.
West: LeBron James (Captain), Steph Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Paul George, and on the bench:
Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic, Klay Thompson, Karl-Anthony Towns, LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, and Dirk Nowitzki.
East: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Captain), Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and on the bench:
Bradley Beal, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Victor Oladipo, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic, De'Angelo Russell, and Dwayne Wade.
Snubs That Aren't Actually Snubs
There are a few players that come to mind when I think of this. The first one is Derrick Rose. All of y'all saying that D-Rose deserves to be an All-Star need to shut up. I'm sorry, but he doesn't. And if you think he does, then you don't know basketball. Yes, D-Rose is playing fantastic basketball. Easily the best of his career since his injuries, but is he playing at an All-Star level? No, he's not. He's the sixth man of a non-playoff team. He is not an All-Star. And compare him to the other guards in the west. Is he better than Dame? Oh heck no. Is he better than Russ? Definitely not. Is he better than Klay? Not really. So stop with the D-Rose got snubbed comments.
The second one is Luka Doncic. The only reason that I think justifies Luka not making the roster is that he is a rookie. It's hard to see his full impact after just 50 games. But next year, I definitely expect Luka to be an All-Star. It's just really tough for rookies to make it, so I can understand him being snubbed this year.
Now, with that said, let's take a look at the REAL snubs.
I think DeMar missing out is absolutely ridiculous. To me, this is easily one of the biggest snubs. But all you basketball "fans" are too busy complaining about D-Rose and Luka to even take notice. DeMar definitely should have made it. Once again, if we compare to the other guards, we can see. Is he better than Dame? Nah. Better than Russ? Debatable. Better than Klay? Oh yes, for sure. I'd give DeMar the spot over Klay in a heartbeat. This man is in his first-year with a new team and is leading them to a winning record. His numbers are great and he is playing exceptionally well. Definite snub.
Stats: 21.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 6.2 APG
D-Book deserves an All-Star nod. Yes, the Suns are the worst team in the west, but Book has shown year-in and year-out that he is a consistent scorer. Because of the bad team, I can understand him missing out his first few years, but I thought it was finally his time. Guess not.
Stats: 24.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.7 APG
This man was the NBA Player of the Month... how can you be named the best player in the conference for the month and not make the All-Star team? Sure, his numbers aren't as high as some of the other guys, but he plays great team ball and the Clippers are doing great with no legitimate superstar on their team. Well, he's in Philly now, so we'll see how he does.
Stats: 20.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.7 APG
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert
The Jazz duo are both definite snubs from this year's All-Star game. Rudy has been dominant on the defensive end and has improved his game lots on the offensive end, too. He currently leads the league in field goal percentage. I don't understand how the Defensive Player of the Year can't make the All-Star squad. He's literally the best defensive player in the league and he has the trophy to prove it. I feel ya when you were cryin' big guy.
Mitchell has been outstanding, too. True, Mitchell did play horribly inefficient for this first part of the season, but January he turned it up, averaging almost 30 PPG for the month and shot well over 50 percent. If he had played like that the entire year, I could see him making it easily, but the first few months I guess hurt him.
Stats (Rudy): 15.1 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 2.2 APG
Stats (Don): 22.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.0 APG
Jimmy Butler is the only real snub I can see out of the east right now. However, his stock has dropped lots since moving to Philly. He's not the main option anymore, and as a result, his numbers and usage have dropped lots. He's become a lot less relevant than he was. However, Jimmy can still get buckets and is the closer for that team. Still All-Star worthy.
Stats: 19.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.9 APG
Other Potential Snubs
Zach LaVine, Andre Drummond, CJ McCollum, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Eric Bledsoe.