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New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis left off of 2014 Western Conference All-Star Game Roster
In a relatively surprising turn of events, New Orleans superstar 20 year old big man Anthony Davis was not selected by the NBA coaches as a reserve for the 2014 Western Conference All-Star team. The list of those chosen for the team’s bench included four guards – Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, James Harden and Tony Parker; two forwards – LaMarcus Aldridge and Dirk Nowitzki; and one center – Dwight Howard. Given how talented the Western Conference is, it is difficult to call anyone a “snub”, but Davis probably comes closest to fitting the title.
Anthony Davis has compiled nothing short of a spectacular season so far, with averages of over 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game, all while committing under 2 turnovers per game. As a matter of fact, if he can maintain these averages for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, he would become the first player in NBA history to do so. The one blemish on Davis’ resume that likely doomed him was the fact that he has missed 8 of the Pelicans’ 45 games (~18%) so far due to injury. Should that have kept him off of the roster? Almost certainly not – after all, Chris Paul has played in just 34 games and Harden has only played in 40 – but it appears that it was enough with so many other Western Conference players having great seasons. Anthony Davis (26.8 PER) and DeMarcus Cousins (26.6 PER) both rank among the NBA’s top six players in Player Efficiency Rating (ahead of them are Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Kevin Love), yet both were left off of the Western Conference All-Star roster.
All that being said: my money (along with at least a couple other writers of this site) is on Anthony Davis ending up on this team at some point between now and All-Star Weekend. The team will need to fill the injured Kobe Bryant’s roster spot, and given the fact that the team will have five guards (Curry, Paul, Lillard, Parker, & Harden) even without Kobe, there is no reason that his spot cannot be filled by a big man such as Davis. The fact that the game is in his team’s hometown likely will not hurt his case either. Though the notion of Davis making the team as an injury replacement still won’t satisfy some of his supporters, the fact of the matter is that an all-star game with Davis would be far more fun than a game without him. If one of Goran Dragic, Cousins, or even Tim Duncan is selected over Davis to replace Bryant, though, then that number of unhappy people will grow exponentially.
Initial reactions towards Anthony Davis being left off of the All-Star roster? Sound off in the comments below.
Kobe's not playing in the game, right? That should mean Harden, Parker or Paul moves up and Davis gets in, right? Or Chris Paul may be out with his injury and Davis gets in. Somehow I also think Davis will get in that game, and he should be the first alternate selection if someone is out with injury. As of now though, I don't think he got snubbed. If we're talking about snubs and people who shouldn't be there, Lance Stephenson and Joe Johnson...
One thing I found weird about the West though: in a league where a lot of the top players are Small Forwards, only one SF is on the West's roster (Durant) while 3 of them start on the East. Maybe Davis didn't get in becausethe West has 4 PFs on the team?
Conspiracy Theory #1: Leaving him off was a secret plot to repay Benson for anteing up good money on the front end...one less All Star Roster benchmark saves us at least $10 million in future value, thereby making him more affordable to re-sign with a small market team!
So the players chosen were Dirk Nowitzki and Lionel Aldridge.. and Dwight Howard at the 5 on the bench...some of the best.. AD doesn't need the distraction... no big deal... his time will come..
None of the voters can honestly say they would take Howard or dirk over ad on their team so how do they not vote for him
The team record coming into play is BS.
If that were the case, the East all stars would be totally made up of Pacers & Heat players.
Since none of the West reserves are on losing teams, it really isn't surprising that he didn't make it.
Speak for yourself. I did not think he'd make it and still don't. If he does, it's just a mercy.
I also do not think it is a big deal for him to not make it, at least at this time. It does not ohase me in the slightest.