The 2019 NBA All-Snub Team
These stars didn’t make the cut, but they made our squad
All-Star reserves were named Thursday night, and the announcement ended on a sour note for the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz has two legitimate All-Stars candidates in center Rudy Gobert and guard Donovan Mitchell. But barring either being named a replacement, Utah will go a second straight season without an All-Star after entering Thursday with the seventh-best record in the West.
Rudy grew increasingly emotional speaking with the media about his All-Star snub. Said his mom called him crying. Said he wrote and deleted several messages on social media. Finally, he grew too emotional to speak, and walked off, wiping away tears. pic.twitter.com/UkFX2nUrt8
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) February 1, 2019
The 14 reserves will be added to a pool of 10 starters who will make up two teams, which will be picked by leading vote-getters LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo during a special NBA All-Star draft show on Feb. 7. James will pick first.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Feb. 17.
But which NBA stars won’t be enjoying the festivities? We unveil our second annual All-Snub Team.
(Although members of the All-Snub Team will not get an all-expenses paid trip to Charlotte, we’re happy to offer one of our hats, once popularized by Western Conference All-Star Kevin Durant, as a consolation gift.)
Like The Notorious B.I.G. once said, “It’s all good, baby, baby.”
DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs
Season statistics: 21.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 6.3 APG
It sounds odd to say that DeMar DeRozan is not an All-Star after four previous appearances for the Eastern Conference. The 6-foot-7-inch, 220-pound guard was an MVP candidate last season and is still one of the NBA’s top-scoring wings. His all-around statistics this season are impressive, especially considering he’s in his first year in San Antonio. Unfortunately for him, the West is loaded with backcourt talent.
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Season statistics: 22.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.9 APG
Donovan Mitchell averaged 27.7 points per game in January, the highest scoring average in a calendar month for a Jazz player since Karl Malone in April 1998. But the late surge by “Spider” wasn’t enough to overcome the Jazz’s slow start. Expect Mitchell to finally crack the All-Star roster next season.
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Season statistics: 15.0 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 2.2 APG
Rudy Gobert may be the most shocking All-Star snub this year. The 7-foot-1-inch center is averaging a double-double of 15 points and 12.9 rebounds as well as 2.2 blocks per game and a league-best field goal percentage (64.7). While the Jazz started off slow, Gobert has been a dominant force since season’s start.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
Season statistics: 16.5 PPG, 14.8 RPG, 1.2 APG
Andre Drummond ranks first in the NBA in rebounds (14.9), offensive rebounds (5.2) and second-chance scoring per game (5.2). The 6-foot-11-inch, 279-pound center is also third in double-doubles (37) and joins Anthony Davis as the only two players to average at least 1.5 steals per game and 1.5 blocks per game. The Detroit Pistons’ losing record, however, makes it tough for the team to boast two All-Stars after Blake Griffin was voted in as a reserve.
Tobias Harris, Los Angeles Clippers
Season statistics: 21.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.6 APG
The Los Angeles Clippers deserve an All-Star after their strong first half. Tobias Harris has been the leader of that charge, averaging 21.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. But with the West loaded with elite forwards, Harris couldn’t stand up among the stars to get his first nod.
D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
Season statistics: 19.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.4 APG
D’Angelo Russell, who the Lakers traded after two seasons, has helped transform the Brooklyn Nets from doormat to playoff contender.
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Season statistics: 20.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 5.4 APG
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks is the new sensation of the NBA. The rookie can score at will and with flash. With 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against Toronto Jan. 27, the 19-year-old became the first teenager in NBA history to record a 30-point triple-double. Don’t worry, Doncic fans, there will be many All-Star appearances to come.
Season Statistics from ESPN’s Stats and Info Group