LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers stands between Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns and his teammate Anthony Davis.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was not happy with the reserve All-Star selection announced on Tuesday, believing the Phoenix Suns security guard Devin Booker was a huge nudge / p> When Booker was not named among the reserves and beat James – again an All-Star Captain this season – with a strong response on Twitter.
Booker averages 24.7 points, 3, 8 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the surprising 20-10 suns. What probably didn’t help Booker’s cause is that his teammate Chris Paul – who many would argue would be the most important player in Phoenix – was named an All-Star and it was difficult to get two Suns players on the roster. And despite Booker’s good performance, it’s also hard to see he’s making it over jazz star Donovan Mitchell or Portland’s Damian Lillard.
Notable all-star reserve snubs: Trae Young from Atlanta, Devin Booker from Phoenix, Tobias Harris from Philadelphia, DeMar DeRozan from San Antonio. The West squad gets a substitute in case Anthony Davis misses the All-Star game. https://t.co/W76iIoCOQb
That said, there’s a good chance Booker will get a second chance at the All-Star Award, with Lakers star Anthony Davis – who has been named as reserve – likely an injury replacement needed for the exhibition game, which is scheduled for March 7th.
Before the injury, Davis had a bad year, but only by his high standards, averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game. And his impact on the game for the Lakers has been undeniable lately, with the defending champion dropping three games in a row without his services.
One of Davis’ most vocal critics has been former NBAer turned TNT analyst Charles Barkley has been. The one-time MVP said he had the sixth jazz man Jordan Clarkson on his ballot ahead of Davis. « He was the best banker in the NBA this year, » Barkley said of Clarkson. “You (the jazz) got the best record in the NBA. Most people don’t realize that he was fantastic this year. That’s why I put him on my list. … Davis didn’t play like an all-star. This is not a lifetime achievement award. … We talk about who has the best year, not who is the better player.
“We love Anthony. He’s a good kid and a great player. But its numbers have decreased. I’m not going to give it to him just because he’s a consistently great player. He hasn’t played like an all-star this year. “
Charles Barkley says he put Jordan Clarkson on his all-star reserve list through Anthony Davis pic.twitter.com/pJBm8K5Gn5
There has been no debate about LeBron James being an all-star. He received the most votes with 5,922,554 votes and becomes captain for the fourth year in a row.
James ’17. All-star selection is third in NBA history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18). James is the leading goalscorer in the history of the All-Star game (385 points), expanding his record for consecutive All-Star starts to 17. Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets will be the other All-Star Captain. </ The game will be a bittersweet experience for James, who was a clamor for the action. "I have no energy or excitement about an All-Star game this year," James said earlier this month . "I don't even understand why we have an all-star game."