We all love the All-Star Game. It’s a perfect way to give some credit to those hoopers that have balled their hearts out throughout the first half of the season, to try and prove who’s the best among the best.
Sadly, just a handful of players can make it, which means that there are always some players that are going to be snubbed out of this honors regardless of how great they’ve been, either because their team sucks, or because they play for small markets.
Year after year, fans and players complain about not making it to the big game, and this year is not going to be the exception. But, who’ll be snubbed this time? Let’s take a look at our top 10 candidates.
10. Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday is not getting the respect he deserves, mostly because his team is not even going to make the playoffs. Still, he’s been a beast in the two sides of the hardwood for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Besides being a defensive standout, Holiday excels at playmaking, and he’s posting some of the best numbers of his career with averages of 21.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game.
9. Steven Adams
Steven Adams may not impress with his game, but he’s a monster. He’s even become an offensive factor for the Oklahoma City Thunder as one of the best pick-and-roll scorers in the league.
His numbers may not be impressive, but his impact is huge for his team, and the 3rd best team in the West should have another guy in this year’s All-Star Game. So far, he’s averaging 15.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
8. Tobias Harris
The Los Angeles Clippers have been holding on to a playoff spot for most of the season, yet they’re not likely to have a single player on this year’s All-Star Game, not even Tobias Harris, who deserves it the most.
Harris is one of the most underrated players in the league. He can do everything well, even if he doesn’t excel in one single category. So far, he’s posting averages of 21.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
7. Devin Booker
Watching a player like Devin Booker waste his youth with the Phoenix Suns just saddens me. This young man could be any contending’s team go-to-guy, or even take the backseat in order to lead a team to the Finals.
Booker is already a top-tier scorer and has really improved as a playmaker as well. I wish him the best, but he needs to force a trade right now. So far, he’s averaging 24.6 points 3.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game.
6. Nikola Vucevic
Frank Vogel has really turned Nikola Vucevic around. He’s grown to become one of the most prolific and efficient scoring big men, and he’s about to get paid a lot of money when he hits free agency.
Either way, none of his great scoring performances are going to be enough to take him to this year’s All-Star Game, especially with the Magic struggling so badly. This season, he’s averaged 20.6 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
5. D’Angelo Russell
D’Angelo Russell has finally stepped up and shown why everybody was so high on him coming off Ohio State. He’s leading the Brooklyn Nets to the playoffs against all odds, and he’s really improved his decision making.
Russell is great as an off-ball scorer or even running the point, and he looks poised to have a huge paycheck on his table a couple of months from now, posting averages of 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game.
4. Karl-Anthony Towns
Jimmy Butler really hurt Karl-Anthony Towns’ reputation. Everybody sees him as a soft young man right now, and he’s not getting the love he was used to getting his first couple of years in the league.
That and the Timberwolves way outside a playoff spot will be enough to get him out of this year’s All-Star Game despite his averages of 22.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
3. Donovan Mitchell
Following a slow start of the season, doubters were already saying Donovan Mitchell was overrated, a bust, and Tyreke Evans 2.0, but he’s made sure to prove them wrong over the last couple of months.
Mitchell is not afraid of the big moment. He’s embraced the role as the Jazz’ leader, even despite being just a sophomore. So far, he’s averaging 22.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
2. Nikola Jokic
I know that Nikola Jokic is going to be snubbed of this year’s All-Star Game. Don’t ask me why, it’s just a gut feeling, and it really makes me mad. Not only he deserves it, but he’d be a major entertainer there with his passing.
Also, the Denver Nuggets are trailing the Golden State Warriors by just 0.5 games, yet they’re not getting the respect they deserve. So far, Jokic is averaging 19.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game.
1. Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic was 6 votes shy of being one of the few rookies to make it to an All-Star as a starter, and perhaps, those 6 votes are going to cost him being an All-Star at all, which is kind of unfair.
This year’s sensational rookie has been outstanding in all regards, and he’s looking like a superstar in the making. The Mavericks really hit a homer with him, as he’s averaging 20.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.