‘Robbed Without a Gun’: Damian Lillard and NBA Stars React to Devin Booker’s All-Star Snub

Published 02/24/2021, 1:04 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts after making a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


Last season, Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker almost got snubbed from the NBA All-Star game. Later, Damian Lillard backed out because of an injury, and Booker got a well-deserved first appearance. This season, Booker has been snubbed once again, as the NBA announced the All-Star reserves list without him on it.

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However, Booker will feel that he deserves a spot. Not only because he has been having an excellent season, but also because players around the league are expressing their discontent regarding his exclusion.

The biggest name talking about Booker’s exclusion is Lakers star, LeBron James. Other NBA stars who tweeted about Booker include Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, Draymond Green, and CJ McCollum.

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Lillard also spoke about this during an interview. He said, “It was disappointing not to see Devin Booker on there… I definitely think Devin Booker should have had a spot on that roster. To me, that’s out of control. Come on, that’s crazy.”

What more does Devin Booker have to do to earn an All-Star spot?

Booker also missed out on the All-Star game in 2018 and 2019, despite having a good season. When that happened, the narrative was that he needed to be on a winning team. But now, when he is leading the Suns to one of their best seasons in a decade, and is also averaging 24.7 points and 4.3 assists, he has been excluded.

The Suns are cruising in the tough Western Conference and currently have a 20-10 record, and this record would have made them the #1 seed in the East. Chris Paul has been brilliant alongside Booker and deservedly got his All-Star nod. But Booker isn’t doing anything different or wrong in comparison to him and still missed out.

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Feb 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrate during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

If so many NBA players feel this way about Booker’s exclusion, it should have some impact on Adam Silver picking a replacement for Anthony Davis. The Lakers star is injured and might not feature at the All-Star game. That could be another chance for Booker, although he should have made it regardless of an injury to a selected player.

Booker should now follow Reggie Miller’s advice. He should aim to prove people wrong for voting against him, by showing them his skills on the court.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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