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.
Devin Booker is the most disrespectful player in our league !!! simple as that .
– LeBron James (@KingJames) 24 February, 2021
James was hardly alone in his desperation. Some current and former NBA players were shocked that Booker was not named.
Oh no @Dabinbook Not really make it? He is a freak. The brew is very cold indeed. Sick world
– CJ McCullum (@CJMcCollum) 24 February, 2021
what a hell @Dabinbook Not an All Star? !!!!
Come on brooh !!!!! STOP WITH POLITICS !!! We all watch it !!!!
– Jared Dudley (@ JaredDudley619) 24 February, 2021
D Book has been robbed without a GUN … it is unacceptable … period
– Dewarre Carroll (@ DeMarreCarroll1) 24 February, 2021
Don’t go crazy Devin Booker, go EVEN !! Make a hit list, put all the West coaches and their teams on it! And if i am @ CP3Take on the role of Drew “Bundini” Brown, saying in his ear before every play that “I bet he didn’t vote for you”. Fireworks are coming, i’m ready for popcorn
– Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) 24 February, 2021
Damn Hold Up !!! You mean me to say that Booker and Sabonese have not made the All-Star team? This is just ridiculous. real talk!
– Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) 23 February, 2021
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.