NBA Legend Charles Barkley Picks Utah Jazz Player Ahead of Lakers’ Anthony Davis for All-Star Game

Published 02/19/2021, 2:33 AM EST
Jan 23, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) shoots the ball as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) defends him during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports


Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the NBA. However, the 2020-21 NBA season has not been great for him. Davis started the season quite slow. And just this week, the Lakers announced that Davis would miss close to three weeks of action due to a calf strain. This injury will also keep him away from the All-Star game. However, one NBA legend wouldn’t even take AD as a reserve.

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Chuck doesn’t think Anthony Davis is an All-Star

NBA legend Charles Barkley spoke about his All-Star reserve selection on TNT. He surprisingly picked Jordan Clarkson over Anthony Davis. Barkley said, “He’s been the best bench player in the NBA this year. They got the best record in the NBA. Most people don’t notice that he has been fantastic this year, and that’s why I have him on my list.”

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Chuck said Jordan Clarkson is having a better season than Anthony Davis.

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Barkley added that his decision to take Clarkson was based more on his performance during the season. While he is nowhere near the player Davis is, Clarkson has had a much better season than him. Barkley believes that Davis has not played like an All-Star this year.

Barkley said, “Because he (Davis) hasn’t played like an All-Star… We’re talking about who is having the best year, not who is a better player. That’s how I vote… Jordan Clarkson is having a great year. I want to reward him… Is Anthony Davis a better player? Yes. But Davis has not played like an All-Star this year… Jordan Clarkson is having a better year.”

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Barkley is not entirely wrong about Davis. He has been underwhelming this season so far and is currently averaging 22 points and 8 rebounds. While those numbers are strong, they are the lowest for Davis since his sophomore year in the NBA. However, Barkley is being slightly unfair as these numbers from another player would earn him an All-Star nomination.

Jan 21, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) is defended by Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
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Can Anthony Davis return to his best this season? Currently, Davis has to focus on recovering from his calf strain injury. It will keep him out for at least three weeks. However, if the Lakers do not want to take any risks, he could be out for even longer. Davis is crucial for the Lakers’ success in the postseason where they will look to defend their NBA championship crown.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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