The 5 biggest snubs from the 2020 NBA All-Star game
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5 biggest snubs from the 2020 NBA All-Star game

The players who will participate in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game are officially set with the announcement of the reserves on Thursday evening.

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be team captains for the second consecutive year as the two leading vote-getters. As a refresher, here are the starters:

While the starters are chosen through a combination of fan, player and coaches votes, the reserves are strictly chosen by head coaches around the league. Here is who all they decided deserved earned an All-Star nod:

Of course, there are near-misses every year. These might also be regarded as “snubs.”

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is one such player who was snubbed last season, but his continued excellence resulted in a selection this time around.

Other players–like Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker–cannot seem to catch a break.

Here are the top five snubs from the recent NBA All-Star voting results.

5. Bradley Beal

Forget Washington’s record for a second.

Beal is now the first player averaging over 28 points per game to not make the All-Star Game in 35 years:

Sure, Beal has been a volume scorer, but he is shooting a very respectable 45 percent from the field while also averaging 6.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Granted, Beal has played in just 39 games this season. Then again, Kyle Lowry has only played in 36 contests. Yes, Beal does not impact the game defensively in the same way as Lowry, but he is likely being docked because he plays for a losing team.

4. Zach LaVine

LaVine is having a career year for the Chicago Bulls. The sixth-year guard has played in all 50 games, averaging 25.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc on 8.1 attempts per game.

Sure, LaVine’s defense can leave much to be desired at times, but the effort is there. Moreover, he has kept the Bulls in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference despite injuries to Otto Porter Jr., Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen.

There is a reason to wonder whether coaches feel LaVine plays “hero” ball, which would be an unfair assessment considering the number of injuries and shortage of scoring options in Chicago.

He deserves to be an NBA All-Star.

3. Jaylen Brown

Brown has developed into a legitimate star after signing a max extension with the Boston Celtics this past summer.

The 23-year-old is averaging 20.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 rebounds while shooting close to 50 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc. Brown was also one of the guys to pick up the slack in Gordon Hayward’s absence.

Despite the number of weapons the Celtics have, they are 3.2 points worse per 100 possessions with Brown off the floor, according to Basketball Reference.

2. DeMar DeRozan

The San Antonio Spurs have struggled to live up to their winning reputation this season, which might explain why DeRozan will not be heading to Chicago.

However, he has had a great year thus far. DeRozan is averaging 23.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game while shooting over 53 percent from the floor.

DeRozan ranks well ahead of the likes of Brandon Ingram and Russell Westbrook in terms of win shares while also playing in more games.

Oh, and the Spurs are over eight points worse per 100 possessions when he is not on the floor.

1. Devin Booker

Man, what does Booker have to do to get an NBA All-Star nod?

The fifth-year guard is averaging 27.1 points, 6.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds while shooting over 51 percent from the field and better than 91 percent from the free-throw line.

Yes, Booker is still an atrocious defender in basketball. But would the Suns have 20 wins without his scoring presence? Absolutely not. Booker has 5.2 win shares, more than both Westbrook and Donovan Mitchell.

Phoenix would hardly be competent at all without Booker in the rotation, which is what makes him the top All-Star snub.