Every year in the NBA there is an All-Star game. The All-Star Weekend is one of the best basketball events of the year. The weekend shows four events including the Rising Stars Challenge, Three-Point Contest, Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game.
Before the All-Star game, the fans, media, players and coaches vote who they think should play in the event. More than often, the votes tally up and many quality players are left behind. These players are called snubs. Here are the biggest snubs this season.
5. Mike Conley
Appearance Thief – Klay Thompson
Mike Conley might never live up to his massive $150 million-dollar contract, but he sure does live up to play in All-Star Game. The 29-year old veteran is having a career year, averaging 18.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds.
Every year, Conley is considered very underrated and an All-Star caliber player. With star guards in the West such as Damian Lillard and Chris Paul being overlooked, it looked like it was Conley’s time to make an appearance. Instead, Warriors guard Klay Thompson got the nod over Conley. Maybe not this year, but eventually Mike Conley will receive an invite to the All-Star Game.
4. Joel Embiid
Appearance Thief – Paul Millsap
Recently, Joel Embiid has been taking over the NBA with his amazing post moves, surprisingly good shooting, and humor. The Philadelphia 76ers have been on a tear of late, and the only one they can thank for this success is Embiid. He has been a great player, putting up 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game only in 25 minutes a game. Nobody can say those are not All-Star numbers. Even Embiid is angry about his non-selection himself. What he must do now is prove voters wrong.
3. Karl-Anthony Towns
Appearance Thief – DeAndre Jordan
Like Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best young bigs in the NBA. After Towns’ astounding rookie season, it seemed like Towns was definitely going to make huge strides and make his first All-Star appearance. Towns has made big improvements (22.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game) but still hasn’t managed to get star status around the league just yet despite his ridiculous numbers. If Towns keeps improving, the voters won’t have a choice but to send him to the All-Star Game.
2. Chris Paul
Appearance Thief – Klay Thompson
Chris Paul is the most underrated player in the NBA. Paul gets no attention or respect for being one of the best playmakers, defenders and leaders in the league. The one thing that rewards Paul’s play each year is an All-Star appearance. This season, he didn’t even get selected! Paul is racking up 17.5 points, 9.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game, which are very respectable numbers considering the Clippers are the fourth seed in the Western Conference. Paul should have been an All-Star this season and it is shocking he wasn’t.
1. Damian Lillard
Appearance Thief – Klay Thompson (I know, again)
At this point it’s just unbelievable that Damian Lillard is still not getting selected to the All-Star Game. Lillard is clearly an established superstar who has no reason to miss the game. Lillard is putting up 26.3 points (better than All-Star starter Stephen Curry), 5.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. These numbers are unbelievable alone – but when you realise that the Blazers are a playoff-contender, there is just simply no way Lillard should be snubbed.
Sure, Klay Thompson is on the first place Golden State Warriors and is a good player, but he doesn’t have to work for his shots because of playmakers such as Stephen Curry and Draymond Green to get him open looks. For Damian Lillard, it’s either he has a good game or the Blazers lose. Lillard has a lot to carry each game, and more than often he delivers. Dame not only deserves to be an All-Star, but he deserves to be considered an MVP candidate.