With the announcement of the NBA All-Star reserves, we are now aware of all the talented players who will take to the floor in Cleveland for this year’s All-Star Game.
But there were also names left off the list too, of course.
Some of those names are downright shocking.
While not every terrific player can make the cut, here are a few Western Conference players who definitely got overlooked this year.
3. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
How did Anthony Davis not get selected for this year’s All-Star Game?
Yes, the Los Angeles Lakers have been a huge disappointment this season and you could argue that Davis isn’t playing to the best of his abilities.
But you can’t deny that Davis is still one of the best two-way players in the league and is an intimidating and dominant force most of the time.
He’s been inconsistent this year but is really picking up steam as we get closer to the postseason.
Anthony Davis over the last 4 games:
– 31 Points, 12 Rebounds, 4 Blocks, 67% FG
– 27 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 50% FG
– 30 Points, 15 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 56% FG
– 30 Points, 17 Rebounds, 2 Blocks, 50% FG pic.twitter.com/QBqYu9BbdL
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 4, 2022
It’s very surprising to see Davis passed over in the same year that he was picked as one of the top 75 NBA players of all time.
In any other year, Davis would have been a no-brainer.
However, you can’t help but wonder if the Lakers’ frustrating season rubbed off on the perception of Davis and caused him to be left out.
2. De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
De’Aaron Fox is one of the most underrated stars in the NBA.
And since the Sacramento Kings point guard was passed over for the All-Star Game, it looks like he will remain underrated.
With 21 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.2 assists a game, Fox is not only one of the most special parts of his struggling Kings lineup, he’s one of the most exciting young players on the entire west coast.
He’s a fast, athletic guy and creates basketball that is really fun to watch.
But, like Davis, the opinions people have about his team have impacted their view of Fox.
If Fox was playing for the Golden State Warriors or Utah Jazz, there is a good chance he would have been selected.
Instead, we are seeing another season where folks are sleeping on him.
1. Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs
You probably don’t think about the San Antonio Spurs often – and you can’t be faulted for that.
It’s been a while since the Spurs were really good.
But they are quietly becoming a very competitive, entertaining team and in a few seasons, they might be one of the best in the west.
Dejounte Murray is snubbed.
8.5 RPG (2nd among guards)
9.1 APG (4th in NBA)
10 Triple-Doubles (Spurs record)
He and Luka are the only players averaging 18/8/8 this season. pic.twitter.com/QwdlYfjelT
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 4, 2022
Dejounte Murray is a large part of that successful rebuild process.
This season, Murray is averaging 19.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 9.1 assists a game.
That’s nearly a triple-double every single night…but no All-Star appearance?
The star player is a fantastic ball-handler and is making a habit of creating some incredible drives to the basket that are all SportsCenter-worthy.
He would have made the All-Star Game so much more thrilling but unfortunately, he got passed over – again.