2. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Lowry is the biggest Eastern Conference snub and it is laughable that he didn’t make the team.
The point guard is averaging 16.8 points, 7.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game and his 20.4 PER leads the East at his position and trails only Dwyane Wade’s among all East guards.
Lowry probably should make it ahead of his teammate DeRozan, but the fact that Johnson, who is as inconsistent and one-dimensional as it come, made the team is an atrocity. Johnson is a low-efficiency scorer averaging 15.7 points per game and does nothing more.
The Raptors have a winning record, the Nets do not, and they should have been rewarded with a pair of All-Star’s.
Lowry ranks third in the East in WARP (8.7), ahead of everyone who was chosen as a reserve. I often complain that the fans’ vote is a popularity contest, but the coach’s vote is the same.
1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Davis is the snub of all snubs.
While the Western Conference is loaded, has anyone seen Davis play?
He’s not only an All-Star but is one of the best players in all of the NBA in his second season.
He is averaging 20.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, a league-leading 3.3 blocks and 1.5 steals. In addition to leading his team in scoring, rebounding and blocks, Davis ranks in the league’s top five with a 26.8 PER and he’s a solid candidate for the Most Improved Player award.
Davis is more deserving than any of the West’s reserves, especially Lillard, but what makes his omission even more laughable is the fact that the All-Star game is being played in New Orleans.
Davis has the right to be angry, but if Bryant or Paul needs replaced on the Western Conference roster, Davis should be the unanimous selection to fill the void.
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