The All-Star rosters were announced a couple days ago, and as always there is controversy surrounding the players that did or didn’t make the cut. Every year there are some players that don’t make the roster of 24 players. It’s obviously hard to get everyone on the roster, as there are more than enough players that are deserving of spots. In my opinion, some of the guys that didn’t make it are pretty ridiculous. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest All-Star snubs for 2020.
Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl Towns not making the All-Star game was the biggest surprise for me right off the bat. In my opinion he is the second best center in the league (behind Joel Embiid). His averages are close to 27 points and 11 rebounds a game; some very dominant numbers for a player not selected to be an all star. Not to mention his PER rating is 27.3, which is 5th in the NBA. Maybe winning has a factor, Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert are both on better teams, but I think Towns is just too good to be left off the All-Star roster.
Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards
This is another situation where Bradley Beal is on a bad team, but he is still killing it this year. I don’t know if somebody has averaged 29.2 points per game and not been an All-Star. It’s not really his fault that he has no help, and Trae Young is an All-Star starter on a very bad team. Beal is in a similar situation but he gets no recognition for his individual talent. Even though Kyle Lowry has been a big piece to the Raptors, he doesn’t deserve an All-Star spot over someone at the level of Bradley Beal.
Paul George – Los Angeles Clippers
The west is loaded with talent, and it’s hard to acknowledge everyone that deserves All-Star honors, and one of the people that deserves it is Paul George. He’s had a down year from last year, but is still above the level he was at when he was named an All-Star for the prior three seasons. George is still one of the best two-way wings in the league. George is averaging 22.7 points, and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting close to 40% from three. He hasn’t let up defensively either as he’s still great on that side of the ball. Playing with Kawhi forces him to take a bit of a backseat, but he’s great enough to where he deserves All-Star recognition.
Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns
To the NBA world Devin Booker was the most surprising snub. His team is also not performing well as the Suns are 12th seed in the West. His stats of 26.8 points, 6.3 assists per game, as well as 5.2 win shares reflect All-Star level talent. He could have gotten hurt in Coach voting because he has been struggling for years to lead the Suns to any success, but that doesn’t take away from his incredible talent. There’s an exclusive amount of spots in this game, and everyone can’t get the credit they deserve. It’s unfortunate for Booker, and all the others that aren’t in the All-Star game when they’re playing suggests otherwise.
- Kevin Barnett