Many say that the All-Star game is for the fans, which is true, and is why the fans have so much influence over who makes the All-Star rosters and who doesn’t.
Thankfully, the NBA has tweaked the voting process to also include media members and players themselves, which has made results a little better, but coaches are still in charge of picking the bench for each roster, which seems to lead to a variety of snubs every season.
For the most part, coaches are on point when selecting the reserves for the East and West, but there’s always at least one player who misses out on a roster spot that definitely deserved to make the All-Star team.
Here are eight players who could be considered ‘snubbed’ from this year’s All-Star game.
8. C.J. McCollum
Stats: 21.4 ppg, 3.2 apg, 4.0 rpg, 44.4 FG%
Although his backcourt mate Damian Lillard wasn’t snubbed, C.J. McCollum was. He puts up similar numbers to Klay Thompson and was a major reason for the Trailblazers staying afloat during Lillard’s five-game absence. The former Most Improved Player may have suffered in vote-getting due to Lillard gaining attention while addressing his being snubbed in prior years.
7. Kemba Walker
Stats: 21.8 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.4 rpg, 42.0 FG%
Coming off of his first All-star appearance in 2017, big things were expected of Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets have underachieved, however, and Walker’s numbers have dipped. Trade rumors surrounding 27-year-old guard have come and gone, but it’s arguable he should have once again been an All-star, over guards John Wall or Kyle Lowry.
6. Devin Booker
Stats: 25.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.0 spg, 43.7 FG%
Devin Booker continues to improve in his third year, posting career highs in all of the above categories listed and more. In his age-21 season, he ranks eighth in the league in scoring and has surpassed the 30 point mark in 13 of his 37 games played.
Unfortunately, his personal success hasn’t correlated with team success. The Phoenix Suns are an abysmal 17-30. Booker will participate in the three-point contest.
5. Ben Simmons
Stats: 16.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.2 apg, 1.9 spg, 51.2 FG%
Ben Simmons leads the race for the Rookie of the Year award and is one of the most well-rounded players in the league. He’s a major reason for Philadelphia being in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Simmons is on pace to become the first rookie to average at least 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists since Magic Johnson in ’79-80. He is the definition of an All-star snub.
4. Chris Paul
Stats: 19.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 8.9 apg, 1.9 spg 46.0 FG%
Chris Paul has been excellent with the Rockets, making them the biggest threat to the Warriors in the Western Conference. However, Paul has only played in 28 games due to injury, which hurt his All-star case. Many, including coaches Rick Carlisle and Mike D’Antoni, along with teammate James Harden feel this is irrelevant since he’s played at such a high level. He’s still showing at age 32 he’s one of the best point guards in the league.
3. Lou Williams
Stats: 23.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, 45.1 FG%, 40.5 3FG%
In his thirteenth season, Lou Williams is having a career year, averaging highs in points and assists. He’s been a major reason as to why the injury-ridden Clippers are in the playoff race and shown he can do much more than come off the bench.
There’s really no argument against, other than the fact that the West is stacked with All-star caliber guards.
2. Andre Drummond
Stats: 14.3 ppg, 15.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.2 bpg, 54.3 FG%
Drummond has led the Detroit Pistons into the playoff race and has been one of the best centers in the league. He improved his biggest weakness, free throw shooting, from 38.6 percent to 62.9 percent.
Drummond was upset about not making the team, going to Twitter to vent his frustrations. It may have been even more upsetting for Drummond, with centers Kevin Love and Al Horford making the team despite not having better numbers.
1. Paul George
Stats: 20.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.1spg, 42.2 3FG%
Russell Westbrook came to the defense of Paul George, and rightfully so.
“I just don’t understand, it doesn’t make any sense, the guy is leading the league in steals, competes every night, is top-two in his position,” Westbrook said about George. “It doesn’t make any sense regardless of anything else.”
George has played elite-level defense while being reliable on offense for the Thunder. He doesn’t seem to mind, however, with contending for a championship being on his mind.