“Starting at guard for the Eastern Conference, Washington’s Bradley Beal; and starting for the Western Conference at guard, the Suns’ Devin Booker!”
If NBA fans heard this announcement at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game – which takes place Sunday, February 16 – they would probably not be surprised. What might surprise them though is that neither Beal nor Booker will even play in the upcoming All-Star game.
Beal, who is averaging 28.6 points and 6.3 assists per game, was not picked as a reserve for the Eastern Conference. The same is true for Booker who averages 27.1 points and 6.4 assists a game. Booker even did well in the fan voting, but still will not have the chance to play in this year’s All-Star game.
There are a number of other snubs as well. Imagine an Eastern Conference lineup of Beal, Boston’s Jaylen Brown, Chicago forward Zach LaVine, Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris, and Detroit’s Andre Drummond in the middle.
That’s a pretty good lineup. Actually, it’s an outstanding lineup. Brown averages 20.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. LaVine has been tearing it up recently averaging 29 points per game in January. He has scored 20 points or more in 16 straight games and his season average stands at 25.1.
Harris is the do-it-all forward for the 76ers who scores 19.4 points, averages 6.7 rebounds, and defends anyone. Drummond leads the NBA in rebounding averaging 15.8 per game and scores 17.2 points a game. For good measure, put Brooklyn point guard Spencer Dinwiddie on the bench with his 21.4 points and 6.5 assists a game.
The same can be said of the West where Karl-Anthony Towns and his 26.9 points and 10.7 rebounds were not good enough for a reserve spot. Granted, Towns did miss about a month with an injury. Likewise, Paul George, who is averaging 23.5 points a game, was snubbed because he has played in only 26 games thus far this season.
Another huge snub is San Antonio’s DeMar DeRozan. The Spurs’ star is one of three players (the other two are in the All-Star game) who is averaging 20-plus points (23.0), five-plus rebounds (5.7), five-plus assists (5.2), and is shooting at least 50 percent from the field.
Rookie Ja Morant has been outstanding for Memphis scoring 17.5 points and dishing out 7.2 assists per game. The Clippers have the second-best record in the West yet only put Kawhi Leonard on the All-Star team. Lou Williams and his 19.5 points and 6.0 assists per game were also snubbed.