The 2020 NBA All-Star teams were finalized and announced on Thursday, and Devin Booker was widely regarded as the biggest snub. The Phoenix Suns definitely feel that way.
Suns general manager James Jones issued a brief statement in response to Booker’s snub.
“I’ve played with and against multiple All-Stars in this league and Devin Booker is undoubtedly an NBA All Star,” Jones said in his statement.
He is right; Booker should be an All-Star.
Booker is averaging 27.1 points and 6.4 assists per game on 51 percent shooting. No player who has put up the kind of season Booker is has ever previously been snubbed.
No NBA player had ever averaged 27 PPG and 6 APG on 60 TS% and missed the All-Star Game until Devin Booker. So that's fun
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) January 30, 2020
It’s very easy to complain about a snub, but what’s more difficult — and necessary — is sharing who the snub should have replaced. Booker should have been selected ahead of Chris Paul and/or Russell Westbrook. He’s having a better season than either of them but being penalized because he was drafted by a team that has proved incapable of building a winning roster.
The full list of reserves includes:
West: Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Ingram, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul
East: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Domantas Sabonis