‘Mini Kobe Bryant’: NBA Analyst Picks His Favorite Player on the NBA All-Star Snubs List

Published 02/24/2021, 11:45 PM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) react following a fourth quarter time out against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


The debate around the NBA All-star snubs will not be closing anytime soon. In fact, more names are getting added as snubs, with comparisons to Kobe Bryant, etc. But the question stays, if these snubs were ever to make the cut, who all would get dropped off the list?

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In both the conferences, there were at least a couple of prospects who failed to find their name on the list. So, NBA experts deep dived into the issue and picked their ins-and-outs in a talk show aired recently.

Max Kellerman and his Kobe Bryant analogy

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Kobe Bryant speaks onstage at the “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” panel during the SHOWTIME Network portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 18, 2014. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The celebrated sports journalist, Stephen A. Smith (SAS), first explained how he and Chris Paul are in a business relationship and how much he respects the NBPA President. But he also clarified that Devin Booker must’ve made the reserves list and not CP3.

The 53-YO expressed, “I love Chris Paul, love his game, and love the fact that he is an All-star. But if you’re gonna pick a Phoenix Sun, it was supposed to be Devin Booker before Chris Paul… even CP3 will agree with that.”

Notably, Book is scoring field goals at 50.1% accuracy and dropping close to 25 points every night. Plus, Suns are a well-coached team and have won 66.66% of their games as of now, thanks to their leading scorer Devin Booker.

Another NBA analyst, Max Kellerman, agreed with SAS and drew an analogy between Book’s game to that of his idol Kobe. The 47-YO added, “We talk about attitude and who reminds you the most of the Mamba mentality. But his offensive game reminds me of mini Kobe Bryant.”

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Former NBA Champion brought in a new name 

Kendrick Perkins, who had himself played five seasons for OKC, claimed that center Nick Vucevic did not deserve the mention as much as Domantas Sabonis.

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The 36-YO exclaimed, “The way they did to minus Sabonis is just ridiculous. This guy is so valuable to the league, it’s crazy. He is a baby Yoke. It’s nothing he can’t do offensively, you talk about a great passing, he’s up there, you talk about a great rebounder, he’s up there… Who would I take off the list in the EC? It’s Booster *corrects* Voosa *corrects* Vucevic, I always struggle with his name.”

He was meaning to say that Pacers are ranked 4th while the Magic are #13 in the Eastern Conference. Hence, Vucevic is not making as much impact on his team as Sabonis is, and that this must count. 

Who do you think among these analysts made the most sense? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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