LeBron James, NBA player Devin Booker stunned by All-Star snub: ‘The most maligned player in our league’

Suns guard Chris Paul earned the 11th All-Star nod of his career with the official announcement of the Eastern and Western Conference reserves on Tuesday night, but some players around the league feel that one of his teammates will have a chance at this year’s celebration Must join Atlanta.

Devin Booker is 50.7 percent this season, averaging 24.7 points while shooting, 4.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds, while 50.1 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from 3-point range. Phoenix was fourth in the game’s slate on Tuesday in the West Standings (20-10), so the figures were barely empty. Yet NBA coaches, who choose reserves for the All-Star Game, did not feel to put Booker ahead of Paul, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Rudy Gobert, Damien Lillard, Donovan Mitchell and Zion Williamson.

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Lakers forward LeBron James, one of the All-Star captains along with Kevin Durant, voiced his support for Booker and declared that he was “the most undefeated player in our league.” He also gave an outcry to Lillard, who lost a tiebreaker with Luke Doncic, one of West’s opening guard spots.

James was hardly alone in his desperation. Some current and former NBA players were shocked that Booker was not named.

Booker may still have a chance to be an All-Star.

In the case of an injury, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver can choose a replacement player. It is unlikely that Davis will be able to appear in the All-Star Game as he continues to recover from a calf injury, so that opens the door for Silver to undo an alleged snoo. As Christian Winfield of the New York Daily News, Silver does not have to select a frontcourt player to fill Davis’ slot, but must be a replacement Western Conference player.

Booker, maybe?

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