Anthony Davis is one of the best big men in the league, and most people would agree that he is an All-Star caliber player. He is currently putting up 23.6 PPG, 9.9 RPG, and 2.8 APG. This definitely hasn't been his best season, but he is clearly still playing good basketball.
Despite his year, Anthony Davis was not selected as an All-Star this season. However, Davis claimed that he "kind of figured" that he wouldn't be an All-Star due to the number of games that he's had to miss, and added that he thinks his "wife is ecstatic" as he doesn't have to be part of All-Star weekend. Mark Medina of NBA.com relayed the news.
Earlier in the day, Davis absorbed other tough news. Davis learned that he would not be among the Western Conference All-Star reserves that were selected by the league’s 30 coaches. Yet, he hardly reacted with the same frustration with his words and body language as he did with the Lakers (25-28) losing four of their past five games while LeBron James has nursed a sore left knee.
“I kind of figured I wasn’t because of the amount of games that I missed,” Davis said.
He has sat for a combined 20 games for various reasons, including an MCL sprain in his left knee (17), a sore left knee (two), a sore right wrist (one) and flu-like symptoms unrelated to COVID-19 (one). Because of that extended time in the trainer’s room, Davis noted this will mark the first time he won’t participate in All-Star weekend in his 10-year NBA career. He first played in the NBA’s rookie game before playing in eight consecutive All-Star games.
“I know my wife is ecstatic,” Davis said. “I can spend time; not be at All-Star and be somewhere else.”
There is no doubt that Anthony Davis is an All-Star-level player when he is on the court. Some have even claimed that he is the best big man in the league when healthy. He has had some amazing seasons where he's played like an All-NBA player, and now, it is about reaching those heights again.
It is highly likely we see Anthony Davis return to the All-Star game in the future. He still has time to make some more All-Star appearances, as he's only 28 years old currently. This has been a tough season for him from an injury standpoint, and hopefully, he is able to bounce back from it.