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Anthony Davis snubbed, not named starter in NBA All-Star Game

(Photo via Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images North America)

(Photo via Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images North America)

The NBA All-Star Game starters were announced this evening, and former Kentucky star Anthony Davis was noticeably snubbed from the list.

As the two leading vote-getters of their respective conferences, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks were each named All-Star captains. No surprise there.

When you get into the starters, however, you’ll notice Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George won the spot over Davis in an apparent tie-breaker.

James, George, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and James Harden will represent the Western Conference, while Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker will represent the Eastern Conference.

Davis, who finished third in the West in player and media voting, came in fifth in the fan votes, giving George a chance to leapfrog the former Wildcat for the prestigious honor. According to the release, fan voting weighs out in tiebreaker scenarios, even if it means the inferior player gets the nod.

For comparison’s sake, Davis is averaging a career high in points (29.3), rebounds (13.3), assists (4.4), and steals (1.7) per game. He’s also shooting over 50 percent from the field, sinking a career-high 33 percent of his 3-pointers, shooting 81.2 percent from the free throw line, and blocking 2.6 shots per game, the sixth consecutive season he has averaged at least two blocks per contest.

George, however, is averaging 27 points, 7.9 rebounds, four assists, 2.3 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game. He’s also shooting 44 percent from the field and converting 39 percent from beyond the arc.

The Oklahoma City star is a fantastic player and deserves a spot on the All-Star team, but you’ll never convince me Davis wasn’t snubbed.

Unfortunately for him, New Orleans has a significantly smaller population size, television market, and average attendance per game than Oklahoma City. The fact of the matter is that no matter how talented Davis is or how hard he tries to build his brand, the ceiling will always be lower for him in a Pelicans uniform.

Here are the combined fan, player, and media votes:

12 players from each conference will be selected as All-Stars, meaning as of today, Davis is the only former Kentucky player to make the team at all. Devin Booker (8), Karl-Anthony Towns (9), and Eric Bledsoe (10) are UK’s only representatives on the list, with none of them making the final cut.

Oddly enough, Wenyen Gabriel also received one vote as an All-Star starter, and the reaction from the NBA on TNT crew was about as funny as you’d imagine.

TNT will unveil the 14 total reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, next Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. At that point, we’ll see how much the coaches respect guys like Towns and Booker compared to their peers.

Davis will certainly get in as a reserve, but there’s no excuse for a player of his caliber to not be voted in as an All-Star starter. The former Wildcat needs to get traded out of New Orleans, and it needs to happen as soon as possible.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Anthony Davis snubbed, not named starter in NBA All-Star Game

  1. davis2319
    8:22 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    His team is irrelevant though. PG-13 is a pivotal piece to a playoff team. Durant is Durant, and Lebron is Lebron…

    • maximumscott
      9:10 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

      The hornets are irrelevant and Walker still there…

    • davis2319
      11:40 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

      Hornets are currently a playoff team and the pelicans are in 12th place in the west. Plus the all star game is actually in Charlotte. So that may explain why Walker is a starter..

    • davis2319
      11:42 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

      Plus Walker is in the east, and the only point guard better than him in the east is Kyrie Irving. Davis has a lot more competition position wise in the west.

  2. ukkatzfan
    8:25 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    AD, Lebron, KD, Steph and Harden !!! I would put that up against any AS team in history.

    • kyle heavy
      8:40 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

      Harden shot 20 threes last night and hit 25% of them. So overrated.

  3. michaelb
    8:29 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    Hehe , it’s ridiculous period. Good thing AD is mature and understanding and humble person & it won’t bother him. It bothers me and a lot of other folks I know though. And Willie Cauley Stein gets snubbed , despite being a better player than lemarcus Aldridge . Wcs numbers in every category has increased every year & pretty sure he’s avg more pts than Aldridge this year . Oh well wcs will get in next season hopefully . They need to start from scratch on this whole captain and methods of selection bull.

  4. kyle heavy
    8:39 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    Davis is on a terrible team and George is on a legit playoff contender. End of story.

  5. kevinhale423
    8:48 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    which is why you can’t take seriously an ‘all-star team’ that factors in fan voting.

  6. Bluebloodtoo
    8:49 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    He’s in a small market AND he just told them he isn’t likely to stay. This can’t be THAT surprising.

  7. davis2319
    9:01 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    However, once Davis and Kawhi go to LAbron it will be over. Not even the Warriors will know what to do with those 3.

  8. Cletis75
    10:32 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    LA, here he comes!

  9. BluemanGreen
    11:11 pm January 24, 2019 Permalink

    Did I miss something?
    Davis 11 George 12

    Wheres the tie? Davis wins unless you round up which they clearly did.

  10. BigolBlue
    2:11 am January 25, 2019 Permalink

    This is almost comedy. He is a top 3 player