The NBA All-Star reserves were announced Tuesday, and there’s plenty to discuss revolving around the players who made the team.
After feeling dissed by the players, New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis finally got his due. Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo’s career year was rewarded with his first All-Star nod. Kevin Love may not have the support of his teammates, but NBA coaches still think he’s pretty good.
But with every All-Star team announcement comes endless debates about snubs. It’s inevitable. No matter how many deserving players are selected to the All-Star team, there will always be worthy players left off the roster.
We’ll touch on a few of those guys below, including a couple who had some NSFW things to say about being excluded.
Andre Drummond, center, Detroit Pistons
Drummond, who’s leading the league in rebounds per game, had perhaps the angriest response to the news he would not make the team. He shared the following tweet, which we had to screenshot in order to remove a highly NSFW word.
He later added to that with a tweet we actually can share here:
Guess I gotta start doing back flips after every point I score to get attention around here!
Lmao on to the next
— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) January 24, 2018
On top of leading the league in rebounds per game, the 24-year-old Drummond is averaging 14.3 points per game and a career-high 3.9 assists per contest. He’s been one of the best defensive players in the NBA this season.
Lou Williams, guard, Los Angeles Clippers
For the first time in his career, Williams thought he had a real shot to make the All-Star team. It didn’t happen.
Williams responded to the snub with just three letters.
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) January 23, 2018
He later expanded on that, but only slightly, saying “Damn right. Smh” in a different tweet.
The 31-year-old is having a strong season for the Clippers. Injuries have forced him to take on a bigger role, in which he’s excelled. His 23.3 points per game and 5.1 assists per game represent career highs. He’s also averaging 32.3 minutes per game, also a career high.
Ben Simmons, guard, Philadelphia 76ers
The former No. 1 overall pick has the 76ers playing competitive ball for the first time in years. Simmons, 21, is leading the team in minutes per game, assists per game and steals per game. He ranks third on the team in scoring this season, averaging 16.3 points, and is the favorite to take home the Rookie of the Year Award. Unlike Drummond and Williams, Simmons kept quiet about the snub on Twitter.
Paul George, forward, Oklahoma City Thunder
As our own Dan Devine put it, George has “become a supercharged 3-and-D star” with the Thunder this year. He ranks near the top of the league with a .429 three-point percentage, and is tied for the league lead in steals with 93. He’s also become the team’s second-best scoring option, averaging 20.3 points per game.
Chris Paul, guard, Houston Rockets
Paul has been limited to just 28 games this season, but he’s been a major difference-maker when healthy. The Rockets are an incredible 23-5 when Paul plays this season, which is one of the big reasons people believe he should have been selected as an All-Star. His stats don’t hurt either. Paul is averaging 19.1 points, 8.9 assists and nearly two steals per game this season. Instead of getting back into the All-Star Game, the 32-year-old will now miss out on the event for the second straight season.
All of Los Angeles
Fans attending the game at Staples Center may notice that no player from either of the local teams were selected as All-Stars. The Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers were both left without a representative, though Williams had a case. Fans will just have to cheer for hopeful future Laker LeBron James instead.
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