Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was among the notable absentees as the NBA All-Stars reserves list came out.
Booker, 23, is playing his fifth season in NBA. He is averaging 27.1 points, shooting 51 percent from the floor. He has also contributed with 6.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game so far.
The numbers definitely suggest he should be among the All-Stars this year. However, the Western Conference reserves who made it to the team were- Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Donovan Mitchell, and Chris Paul.
No NBA player had ever averaged 27 PPG and 6 APG on 60 TS% and missed the All-Star Game until Devin Booker. So that’s fun
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) January 30, 2020
Booker’s exclusion surprised many. Among those were Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and Minnesota Timberwolves centre Karl-Anthony Towns. Young, a starter in the Eastern Conference All-Star line-up, tweeted saying Booker should’ve got into the All-Stars. Young averages 2.1 points per game more than Booker.
D Book should’ve gotten in….🤦🏽♂️
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 30, 2020
Meanwhile, for Karl-Anthony Towns, the exclusion of Booker was a “joke”.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 31, 2020
Also, Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams expressed his disappointment with Booker’s exclusion.
We need some consistency in what’s rewarded in the selection process. D book should be a perennial all star, but he isn’t based on winning. But the guys that’s winning not getting in either lol. So is it numbers, or winning, or name recognition?
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) January 31, 2020
Fans disappointed over Devin Booker’s snub
While the All-Star selection has got to do a lot with popularity and are selected by the fans, many were unhappy with Booker’s exclusion. People took to social media to express their disappointment.
An absolute joke that Devin Booker didn’t make the All-Star team.
— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) January 30, 2020
Russell Westbrook has been pretty great recently. Basically has been great since mid-December.
Don’t think I can say with a straight face he’s been better than Devin Booker, though.
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) January 30, 2020
Devin Booker is a legit snub. Would’ve taken him over three West reserves: Mitchell, Ingram, Russ. Rep worked against him
Jaylen Brown is a personal snub but I don’t feel as strongly about that one. Glad Sabonis made it
— Mike Prada. I have spoken (@MikePradaSBN) January 30, 2020
Devin Booker is the first player in NBA history to average at least 27 points and 6 assists on 60% TS and miss the All-Star game.
But don’t worry. He’s coming for that All-NBA slot…
— Wam Wooper (@scooperhoops) January 30, 2020