Every year we see snubs for the NBA All-Star game. It is inevitable but Devin Booker is the biggest snub in 2020 and it’s been the same story for him for a few years.
Booker is averaging 27.2 points, 6.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 51.1 percent and 36.5 percent from beyond the arc in 36.0 minutes over 46 games this season.
While Booker’s defense (minus-1.9 Defensive Box Plus/Minus) could be better, the Suns would not be 20-29 and just four games behind the Grizzlies for the last playoff spot in the West without his offense (plus-4.4 Offensive Box Plus/Minus).
Devin Booker is averaging 5.3 Win Shares (WS), more than Russell Westbrook and Donovan Mitchell. In care you are wondering, Win Shares are an estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player. This means that the Suns would likely be 15-34 without Booker. I find it hard to believe that he is still after his first NBA All-Star game appearance.
“It was always a goal of mine,” Booker recently told reporters when they asked him about his NBA All-Star snub. “But it just reproves the point that the NBA is different than the game I fell in love with at the beginning, of all the best players in the All-Star Game, watching that growing up. Now it’s an entertainment-, drama-, political-filled league, but we’re a part of it now. It pays well, so I guess we should be quiet about it.”
He was then asked about how he would change the selection process for the NBA All-Star game and he said: “Put the best players in the game.” Booker also suggested that his team’s record may have played a role.
Devin Booker (27.2) and Bradley Beal (28.9) are the only players to average more than 27.0 points per game and not make the NBA All-Star game in the last 35 years. I see him playing with a chip on his shoulder for the rest of the season.
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