George, Drummond, Williams Among Those Snubbed Out of All-Star Spot
Every year, 24-players are initially chosen to represent the league as All-Stars.
In a league of close to 400-players, it is bound that a few deserving players will get snubbed each year in the process. This season is no different, as a number of players have truly elevated their game to an All-Star level, yet never got the recognition, many thought they deserved. Although there is still a chance that they make it to Staples Centre for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, that will be dependent on availability, meaning if a current All-Star is unable to play, he will be replaced by someone deemed worthy.
As for who those players could be in the possible scenario that an All-Star gets hurt, here is the 2017/18 All-Snub Team!
PG Chris Paul – Houston Rockets
Despite missing parts of the season due to injury, the marriage between Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets has been far more ideal than anyone could have expected.
First off, with Paul, James Harden, and Clint Capela all active at the same time, the Rockets are undefeated – this includes two statement victories against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Moreover, in 29-games Paul is averaging 18.8-points, 5.9-rebounds, 8.8-assists, and nearly two steals a contest, remaining one of the best two-way guards in the entire game.
The Rockets are the second best team in the league, yet are represented by just one of their two stars – what gives?
SG Lou Williams – Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers are a completely different team this year – and for the worst.
Despite various injuries and trying to move on from superstar point guard Chris Paul, the Clippers have been able to remain relevant in the Western Conference playoff picture and it is largely due to the play of Lou Williams.
Damn right. Smh https://t.co/sbHuK4fqD3
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) January 24, 2018
Despite starting in just 14-of-46 games, the Clippers guard is averaging 23.1-points and 5.1-assists per game, while shooting 40% from three-point range and boasting a higher PER than current All-Stars such as Klay Thompson. Williams was a definite snub and he didn’t shy away from letting the world know about it.
SF Paul George – Oklahoma City Thunder
After a horrid start to their season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have begun figuring things out and playing a winning style of basketball. Winners of five straight games, they went from outsiders to the 5th seed in the Western Conference and seem to be rolling like many thought they would going into the season.
A player who clearly hasn’t received enough credit for the thunder turn-around is Paul George. Averaging 20.9-points and 5.6-rebounds per game this season, George is one of the league’s best small forward and has been proving it year in and year out.
I think the best thing we can do is just ask his All-Star teammate what he thinks about the snub:
PF Ben Simmons – Philadelphia 76ers
Since day one of the season, Ben Simmons has been running away with the Rookie of the Year award and along the way has given hope of a bright future for a desperate Philadelphia 76ers organization.
On the heels of a 19-point, 17-rebound, and 14-assist game, Simmons continues to show that he is far more mature than the average 21-year old rookie. He has been everything as advertised, with the skillset, athleticism, and body of a potentially transcending NBA superstar. While a jump shot is something that must still come, Simmons has been averaging 16.4-points, 7.4-assists, and 8.1-rebounds on the season.
Do you trust the process yet?
C Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons
After hearing he was left off the All-Star team, Andre Drummond messed around and dropped 30-points, 24-rebounds, 4-assists, three-steals, and six-blocks against the Utah Jazz.
After a hot start to the season, the Detroit Pistons have cooled off, but still remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Despite the up-and-down year, Drummond has remained dominant throughout, averaging 14.7-points, 15.3-rebounds, while anchoring the Pistons defense. If his game against Utah was what an angry Andre Drummond looks like, than the Pistons will have no problem with the shocking snub.