The 2018 All-Stars have been selected, and just like every other year, there are players who get snubbed. Unfortunately there’s never enough room in the All-Star game for all the players who deserve to be in to get in. There’s always someone who has to be snubbed. The past couple years the biggest name to be snubbed has been Damian Lillard, but this year he got in, leaving others out. This year the names may be a little more surprising than years past.
I’ve looked over these selections several times, and all of the players selected deserve to be in the All-Star game, but I also looked over the snubs and I think there’s a few players who deserve to be in more than those who actually got in. I’ve picked my top five All-Star snubs and also picked a player I think they should replace in the All-Star game this year.
When considering who should replace who, I didn’t take into consideration which conference each player was in. In my opinion it shouldn’t matter what conference a player is in. If they’re the best at their position they should be in regardless.
1. Paul George
Who He Should Replace: Kevin Love
How did Paul George not make the All-Star game? All he’s done is lock down everyone he’s played against. George is averaging 2.2 steals per game. Those in the All-Star game should be glad George didn’t make it because now they have one less elite defender to stop them from winning All-Star Game MVP. Not only is Paul George getting things done on the defensive end, he’s also averaging 20.8 points. That’s impressive considering he’s on the same team as Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.
I’m just as shocked that Kevin Love is in the All-Star game as I am that Paul George isn’t in it. Kevin Love gives you more rebounding, but that’s about it. He doesn’t score as much and he doesn’t play defense. Love is on a team that hasn’t shown a consistent effort all season long, and he’s one of the reasons why. At least Paul George comes to play at a high level every game.
2. Chris Paul
Who He Should Replace: John Wall
John Wall is shooting his worst percentage since his rookie season, is having his worst year in rebounds, his worst year in steals, and yet he still makes the All-Star game while Chris Paul is out here averaging pretty much identical numbers to every other year of his career. I guess James Harden is getting all the credit for the Rockets success. That doesn’t make any sense to me because Blake Griffin didn’t get all the credit when Chris Paul was on the Clippers.
The biggest reason I see for Chris Paul not getting in is because he’s missed some time this year, but so has John Wall and a couple of other players who were selected. The Rockets are 23-5 when Chris Paul has played this season. Did I mention they’re also the second best team in the NBA? So why do they only have one representative?
3. Andre Drummond
Who He Should Replace: Al Horford
I’m not saying Al Horford is putting up bad numbers. 13.3 points, 5.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 0.6 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game is good, but the numbers Drummond is putting up are better. Drummond is averaging 14.3 points, 3.9 assists, 15.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.2 blocks. Drummond is better in every category mentioned here, except for assists. He also has a better field goal percentage.
The reason Horford is in and Drummond isn’t is because the Celtics are at the top of their conference and the Pistons aren’t. It’s not Drummond’s fault his team doesn’t have a good record. Aside from the team record, Drummond’s body of work this season is much more impressive than Horford’s.
4. Lou Williams
Who He Should Replace: Klay Thompson
I know what you’re thinking. How can I take Klay Thompson out of the All-Star game? Well this is how. First, the Warriors already have three other players selected to the game. Second, Thompson is a player who no doubt helps his team, but if the Warriors didn’t have him they’d still be one of the best teams. Williams is helping the Clippers stay alive. Without him they’d be in much worse shape. Third, Williams is averaging more points, assists, and steals than Thompson. Thompson does have a better shooting percentage, but it’s easy when you have Curry, Durant, and Green on your team.
I think Lou Williams was snubbed because he’s still seen as a 6th man, and they don’t get selected as All-Stars. Thompson is on the best team in the NBA, who everyone watches. This is a popularity pick in my opinion. Not that Thompson isn’t deserving of a spot. He does, but his team popularity had to have a significant factor in him getting in.
5. Kemba Walker
Who He Should Replace: Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry is on one of the better teams in the NBA this year, which is probably why he was selected to the All-Star game. I think people also get in a habit of voting for the same players, even if they don’t really deserve to be in. This year has been a little different though. I can see why the Raptors success would make people vote for Lowry. Kemba Walker likely didn’t receive as many votes because his team isn’t doing well, but that’s got nothing to do with him. If it wasn’t for Walker the Hornets would be a lot worse.
When Kemba is on the floor the Hornets play great, but when he goes to the bench they can’t do anything. It’s all dependent on Walker. I think that should be a factor that weighs even more heavily into Walker’s case to be an All-Star. He can’t play the whole game. He doesn’t have as much help as Lowry does. The Raptors aren’t dependent on Lowry like the Hornets are on Walker, but the Raptors are better so Lowry got the votes.