Donovan Mitchell reveals possible reason behind Mike Conley’s All-Star snub
As always, there was a predictably massive outcry once the NBA released the full list of the All-Star teams. More than a few folks out there believe that one of the biggest snubs out West comes in the form of Utah Jazz veteran Mike Conley, who himself has been playing in one of, if not the best season of his entire career. Conley’s Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell seems to agree with this notion completely.
According to Mitchell, he firmly believes that Conley has been playing at an All-Star level this season:
“It’s unfortunate that we don’t play on national TV enough for people to see his impact,” Mitchell said, via Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune. “… I thought he would get in. Hopefully he still will as Anthony Davis’ replacement. … He’s definitely earned a spot.”
Mitchell also touched on the fact that the Jazz remain to be a small-market team. As such, their games do not get sufficient national TV coverage — something that Mitchell believes had a significant impact on the Conley snub.
As Mitchell noted above, though, Conley could still get into the squad as a replacement for injured Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis. Then again, another big-name absentee in yesterday’s announcement of All-Star reserves is Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, who will serve as Conley’s main competition for the vacant spot.
As for his part, Mitchell was voted by the coaches as a reserve for the West, marking the 24-year-old’s second consecutive appearance in the All-Star team.