As the rosters for this years All-Star game in Toronto are now finalized, it is time to take a look at the teams and see who may have gotten snubbed. I personally believe the coaches and fans did a solid job this year, but also feel a few shining stars are not getting their due time to shine. Lets take a look at my list of snubbed stars.
Eastern Conference All-Stars: LeBron James, Paul George, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Andre Drummond, John Wall, Chris Bosh, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap, and Isaiah Thomas.
Western Conference All-Stars: Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, LaMarcus Aldridge, and James Harden.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat: This pick may come as a surprise, as Whiteside is not a superstar in this league, but take a look at his stats and you will see what I mean with this pick. Whiteside is averaging 12 points, 11 rebounds, and an astounding four blocks per game (all career highs), while shooting 61 % from the field, second best in the league. If his individual game isn’t enough, Whiteside has helped lead the Heat to a 26-21 record, and a sixth seed in the improving Eastern Conference. Whiteside’s recent injury has probably hurt his chances, but his play throughout this year has been nothing short of phenomenal; a fact represented in his two triple-doubles, both with double digit blocks. Whiteside may not have gotten it this year, but if he keeps this play up, the sky is the limit for this skilled 26 year old.
Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons: Though this pick might surprise some, it shouldn’t and I’ll tell you why. Only a year ago, Reggie Jackson was backing up superstar PG Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder; it is safe to say Jackson has really grown since escaping the shadow of Westbrook. Averaging a career high 19 points, six assists, and nearly four rebounds, Reggie Jackson has been doing a little bit of everything for the Motor City. Helping the Pistons, who haven’t seen playoff basketball since ’09, to a 25-23 record and the eight seed, Jackson has truly been a star. Jackson has also helped in the emergence of first time All-Star Andre Drummond, something that should have been taken into consideration. Although, at only 25 years old, I have little doubt in my mind Jackson will one day be an All-Star in the Association; lets hope he continues his strong play.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers: Now this may be the most obvious of all of the picks, but should still be acknowledged. Damian Lillard had one of the hardest summers a young NBA star could have imagined; he lost four of his fellow starting five members, one that was an All-Star, and another who was finally coming into his own. Lillard and the Blazers went from a superstar with a star studded team, to a superstar with some solid talent around him. If you thought Lillard and Rip City were going to have a good year in 2015-’16 please stand up, to that one person who is standing, kindly take a seat because you are lying. Due to Lillard’s exceptional play and leadership, all of the doubters have been silenced. Averaging career highs in points and assists (24 points and seven assists) along with four rebounds a game, Dame of Rip City has helped elevate his mediocre team into the eighth seed of the very competitive Western Conference. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see this in the All-Star Game Shockingly enough, Lillard is on this list with the rest of some very skilled snubbed players. Blame it on the extremely deep Western Conference or the fact that he missed a few games, but Lillard is not an All-Star. It is funny to think that Lillard missed the All-Star cut averaging career highs when his former teammate, LaMarcus Aldridge, made it while having one of the worst statistical years of his career.
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