In recent NBA news, LeBron James went to social media to express his displeasure that Devin Booker wasn't on the All-Star reserves list that was announced on Tuesday. The four-time MVP didn't mention specifically what the tweet was about but he didn't have to. It was clear that he was referring to Booker getting snubbed from the All-Star team.
Devin Booker missed the cut this season despite leading the Phoenix Suns in scoring with an average of 24.7 points per game to go along with 3.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists. His teammate, 10-time All-Star Chris Paul, was voted in to represent their team, which is currently fourth in the Western Conference. In all likelihood, the voters attributed the Suns’ success in this campaign to Paul’s contributions more than Booker’s.
Nevertheless, LeBron James recognizes the work that Devin Booker put in this season to make the Suns one of the top teams in the league.
James added in a follow-up tweet that the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard was the next most disrespected player in the league. This was perhaps LeBron James’ late response to Lillard not making it as an All-Star starter.
NBA News: Devin Booker can be an All-Star reserve with LeBron James' teammate out
The All-Star lineup can't be changed after the announcement, players who didn’t make it through the league’s voting system have a way in through the back door. When an All-Star is injured, NBA commissioner Adam Silver can name a replacement for the player.
In this case, the LA Lakers' Anthony Davis will most likely not play in the event because of a leg injury, and Silver will need someone to replace him.
Devin Booker has a chance to make it as an injury replacement as he is arguably the most accomplished player from the West to not make it to the All-Star Game. If he replaces Davis because of an injury, this would mark the second straight year that Booker would make it to the All-Star Game via that route.
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