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The 2024 All-Star snubs

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Next weekend, the 73rd NBA All-Star in Indianapolis, Indiana will revert to its original West vs East format.  That would bring back some of the fans to watch the mid-season high profile tune-up game.   There will be an NBA Legends Awards prior to the ASG, but it would have been nice if they also had brought back the Legends Game.

By now, we should all know who the ASG starters will be on both sides and their respective reserves.   Ticket prices start at $1,300 and balloons to $20,000 for the NBA Experience Lounge that offers complimentary gourmet food and drinks.  Barato raman kay katunga ras $40k.

The 30 NBA coaches select the 14 All-Star reserves as compared to the starters who are voted for by the fans, a media panel and current players.  Coaches are to select two backcourt and three frontcourt players plus two additional players from any playing position.  They’re not allowed to pick players from their own teams.

Since Joel Embiid and Julius Randle won’t be playing because of injuries, Commissioner Adam Silver most likely will name their replacement from these notable snubs.

Presenting the 2024 NBA ASG snubs.

Eastern Conference

TRAE YOUNG (ATL) – this is his second consecutive ASG snub.  Submitting per game averages of 27 points and 12 assists, he has, to date had produced a league-leading 25 games with at least 20 points and 10 assists.  Atlanta’s current standing (22-27) probably contributed to the snub.

KRISTAPS PORZINGIS (BOS) – the Zinger is Boston’s third highest scorer with 19.6ppg as well as an anchor on defense with 1.9bpg.  He’s a big factor in the Celtic’s number one overall standing (38-12). His first ASG selection was in 2018 and had been on the outside looking in since.

JIMMY BUTLER (MIA) – he should belong in the NBA’s top 25 players but missing 15 games could have made difference.  Miami’s so-so showing might also be a factor.

Western Conference

VICTOR WEMBANYAMA (SAS) – I was expecting the rookie to be in the ASG reserves but I suppose coaches would have preferred him to be on the Rookie-Sophomores game.

JAMES HARDEN (LAC) – trade demands turned off coaches probably, but he had so far blended well with the three other Clipper stars.

DOMANTAS SABONIS (SAC) – the 3-time All-Star (2020, 2021, 2023) leads the league in rebounds with 13 to go with his 19.9ppg and 7.9rpg.   His style of play can be compared to Nikola Jokic yet he’s always overlooked and undervalued.

Other notable snubs are Pascal Siakam and Myles Turner (INA), Lauri Markkanen (UTA), Jamal Murray (DEN) and De’Aaron Fox (SAC)

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