Every year, there a few players who are having outstanding seasons but don’t get pick to be in the NBA All-Star game. This year isn’t any different, so here are my top five players who should be on the All-Star team but got snubbed.
Hassan Whiteside (Center, Miami Heat)
Whiteside is one of the best centers in the NBA and is one of the main reasons why the Heat are 30-26 (seventh-seed in the Eastern Conference).
The 5-year pro is having a stellar season, averaging 14.2 points, 12 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks on 54.6 shooting percentage.
Even though his numbers are down from last season, he is one of the best players on the team and is one of the reasons why the Miami is in playoff contention.
Devin Booker (Shooting Guard, Phoenix Suns)
I know, I know, the Suns have one of the worst records in the Western Conference (18-39) but Booker is one the top young players in the league. At 21, he is already proving that he has the skills to possibly be the face of the Phoenix Suns franchise. In his third season, the shooting guard is averaging 24.1 points, 4.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds on 43.1% shooting (38.1% from three) and 89.6% from the foul line in 34 minutes.
Booker can put up points in a hurry and its a shame that he didn’t make the All-Star game this year.
Nikola Jokic (Center, Denver Nuggets)
How in the world didn’t Jokic get picked to be on the All-team this year? He is a double-double machine, averaging 16.6 points, 10.4 rebounds (career-high), 5.6 assists (career-high), and 1.2 steals on 47.7% shooting (35.1% from three), and 84.7$ from the foul time in 31.4. Those All-Star numbers in my eyes.
The 22-year old is leading the Denver Nuggets in the tough Western Conference. They are currently in the 7th in the conference with a 30-26 record (7-3 in their last ten games). The Nuggets are one of the most surprising teams in the NBA this year and Jokic is the main reason why. I don’t understand how LeBron James and Stephen Curry didn’t pick this young stud.
Lou Williams (Shooting Guard, Los Angeles Clippers)
13 seasons into his career, Williams is having a best year yet, coming off the bench and averaging 23.3 points (career-high), 5.3 assists (career-high), 2.6 rebounds, and 1.1 steals. He is shooting 44.1% from the field (38.5% from the three), and 89.9% from the foul line in 32.5 minutes (53 games played, 14 starts).
He is the leader scoring for the Clippers and just recently signed a three-year, $24 million contract extension (the final year of the deal is fully guaranteed and worth up to $1.5 million if he isn’t waived by July 15, 2020).
The Clippers have to stay competitive in the West despite losing star point guard Chris Paul in the off-season (he was traded to the Houston Rockets). They are 28-26, just one and half games back for the eight seed in the conference. Since Blake Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons, the 31-year old has taken on more of the scoring responsibility. .
Williams’s excellent season should have earned him a spot on the All-Start roster. To be coming off the bench and putting up such amazing numbers speak to the kind of skills that the shooting guard has.
Dennis Schroder (Atlanta Hawks, Point Guard)
I know, picking another player on a team that has one of the worst records, in the NBA BUT THIS IS FOR THE ALL-STAR GAME NOT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, SO IN MY AARON RODGERS VOICE: R-E-L-A-X. The Hawks decided to go into rebuilding mode this season after trading away most of their veteran players, so Schroder is the leading man now and boy he has delivered. The former first round pick (17th overall in the 2013) is averaging career-high in points (19.6), assists (6.4), and steals (1.1) plus 3.1 rebounds in 31.3 minutes (54 starts). He is hitting 43.5 percentage of his shots from the field (28.3 from three) and 87% from the foul line.
Yes, Atlanta has the worst record in the East, but the 24-year old is tearing up on the court.