On Thursday night, the NBA All-Star game reserves were announced. Every year, there are a handful of players that deserve to be on the team that did not make the team. Here are the top All-Star snubs:
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Booker is having a fantastic season; averaging 27.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.1 rebounds per game. He is shooting 51% from the field, 36% from three-point land, and 91% from the free-throw line. He is putting together an outstanding offensive season, but his defense could be better. The Suns have 20 wins and are four games behind in the lost column for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. If Booker were not there, the Suns would have nowhere near the same amount of success.
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
Brown has really stepped up this season for the Celtics; averaging 20.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He is shooting 49% from the field and 39% from behind the arc. Brown is finally turning the corner and becoming the player Boston wants him to be, which is why they gave him the max contract.
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
LaVine has improved his game significantly; in his sixth season, he is developing nicely. He is averaging 25.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.0 assist per game. In addition, he is attempting the most three’s in a game in his career at 8 threes per game. The guard is shooting 44% from the field and 38% from three so far this season. With an improved jumper, he is a nightmare to guard with his athletic ability. With all the injuries to the Bulls, LaVine has kept them alive in the playoff race.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
The three-point percentage of Beal maybe down at 31%, but he is shooting 45% from the field. His 28.6 points per game are the most without an All-Star nod since Purvis Short in the 1984-85 season. He is also averaging 4.4 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. The two-guard is carrying a heavy workload due to the injury to John Wall. Beal is likely getting penalized for being on an under-performing team with 16 wins on the season.
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