With Reserves Announced, Which All-Star Snubs Deserved the Nod Most?
The NBA’s All-Star reserves were announced Thursday with some notable names omitted from the list.
Here are the main players who deserved a chance to play in the All-Star game:
Just like last season, the Utah Jazz are coming on strong in the second half of the season, winning nine of their last 11 games while sporting the league’s second-best defense during their stretch, thanks in large part to their elite rim protector, Rudy Gobert.
Utah is an unprecedented 27.9 points better with Gobert on the floor, as he is one of the league leaders in blocked shoots (2.2) and rebounds (12.8) per game. Also at 29-23, an argument could be made that the Jazz deserved at least one All-Star representative.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder criticized the league stating: “Rudy Gobert should absolutely be an All-Star. He’s one of the most impactful players in the league. This is clear, not subjective, and shows that All-Star system is flawed. We talk about defense being valued, but when we have an opportunity to reward it, we reward scoring again and again. Rudy is the best defensive player in the league and an offensive force when you consider his screening, his finishing and the spacing he creates with this presence.” Hard to disagree with Coach Snyder.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder tells ESPN that Rudy Gobert’s snub shows that the All-Star selection process is flawed. pic.twitter.com/IOg3Md6XEV
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Sure, the Los Angeles Clippers have struggled lately after a hot start, but that hasn’t stopped Tobias Harris from having a fabulous season. He is in the midst of a career year, averaging 21.2 points and 7.9 boards while shooting 43.3 percent from the field.
At 28-24, Harris is a major reason the Clippers are even alive in the playoff race and though he isn’t the flashiest of players, he has gone about his business in a workman-like fashion and deserved to make his first All-Star appearance.
First of all, kudos to D’Angelo Russell for reinventing himself after a disastrous stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. He along with his team, the Brooklyn Nets, have come out of nowhere to get off to an impressive 28-24 record behind his team-high 19.5 points and 6.4 assists per game.
Russell has elevated his game even higher with Spencer Dinwiddie out, as he is averaging over 25 points per game during the Nets’ recent 8-2 stretch.
There may be good news, however, as a spot has opened up due to Victor Oladipo’s injury and rumours are that Russell will be chosen by the league as the replacement.
Jimmy Butler has shown why he is one of the best two-way players in the NBA as the 76ers are 20-9 since he’s joined the team. Along with guarding the opposition team’s star players and drilling a few game-winners, Butler has been the 76ers best offensive player most nights.
The four-time All-Star has upped his shooting numbers this season, and by all accounts, deserved to get the nod over his teammate Ben Simmons.