With the release of the 2018 All-Star reserves, I just wanted to go over who I felt was snubbed this year. With the talent level at an all-time high, every year will find one or two players who many will feel were snubbed from the All-Star game. Check out my list and let me know if you agree or disagree.
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Ben Simmons looked like a lock to make the All-Star game in his first year of action but declining play from he and his Sixer team ultimately led to him not making the cut. The Sixers have won five out of their seven games to start 2018 but Simmons’ play has been up and down in those games. That has many questioning whether or not he will go on win rookie of the year.
Dwight Howard, Charlotte Hornets
Dwight looks to have found himself in a nice spot with the Hornets. Playing alongside Kemba Walker has helped Howard regain the form that made him one of the best Centers in The NBA. The numbers aren’t what we are used to seeing from him, but the impact is there even though they aren’t translating to wins. Dwight looks healthy again and has not been a distraction like he was on previous teams.
Tobias Harris, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons also got out to a very good start to open the season with a record of 14-6 before losing seven straight to fall toward the bottom of the standings in the East. Tobias Harris has had a very productive season, averaging a career high in Points (18.1) and 3 PT% (41%). Harris in my opinion, has always been overlooked but he is solid player who has always been very consistent.
Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
Really thought the coaches would vote Lou Williams as an All-Star. I mean, they get a front row seat to see him torch their teams night in and night out. He’s averaging 23 points per game on 45% shooting along with making 40% of his three point attempts which is a career high for Lou from distance. With all the injuries that the Clippers have had this year, Lou has been a stable piece for them. With a huge 50 point game against the Golden State Warriors which helped them secure the win, their first victory in what has been a long time against Golden State. The Clippers are a half game out of the playoffs which is saying something considering the constant lineup changes. Put a little respect on Lou Will’s name!
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
I expected Paul to be snubbed this season because he hasn’t really played up to what I feel his potential is. It’s not his fault, he had to adjust to playing with Westbrook and Carmelo. He hasn’t shot the ball well this year but he has held his end of the bargain on the defensive end. He is currently second in steals, according to NBA.com and for the month of January is averaging 22 points per game, shooting close to 50% from the field and just under 40% from 3 pt so he looks to be developing a rhythm. If he keeps improving, the Thunder will be a team No one wants to see come playoff time.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Listing Booker because I’m a big fan of his. I know Phoenix is one of the worse teams in the league but that is because they’re pretty young and don’t have much developed talent at this point. There was also the Bledsoe incident and the firing of the coach that can really create a dysfunctional locker room. With all that going on, Booker has been a stud this season. He’s putting up 25 points, four rebounds and four assist per game. He is also Top 10 in the NBA in usage rate. The other nine names that make up the list, surprise surprise, all have been selected to be All-Stars.
•Stats gathered from NBA.com and Basketball-reference.com