- Devin Booker was named as Anthony Davis’ replacement in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.
- Booker was among the notable snubs when the list of All-Star reserves were announced.
- The 24-year old is averaging 24.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game this season for the Phoenix Suns.
Devin Booker still ends up as an All-Star.
After getting snubbed by the league’s head coaches during their votation for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game reserves, Booker will be headed to Atlanta on March 7th. With the Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis currently injured, Booker has been tapped by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to take AD’s place, and deservedly so.
Phoenix @Suns Guard @DevinBook has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Lakers Forward Anthony Davis in the 2021 #NBAAllStar Game. pic.twitter.com/b9UDEC6rTZ
— #NBAAllStar (@NBAAllStar) February 25, 2021
Booker wasn’t just the only significant snub. Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers, Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks, Tobias Harris of the Philadelphia 76ers, Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat were also left out of the conversation by the coaches.
However, according to the NBA’s rules, when a player selected to the All-Star game cannot play, his replacement will be picked by the commissioner from the same conference he plays for. In AD’s case, it’s the West.
There were two other notable All-Star snubs from the West – Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz and DeMar DeRozan from the Spurs. But between Conley, DeRozan, and Booker, the choice was obvious. Devin Booker’s body of work this season is much better than Conley’s or DeRozan’s. So there was no doubt that Adam Silver would announce Booker’s name.
Most Disrespected Player in the League
LeBron says Devin Booker and Damian Lillard are the most disrespected players in the NBA.
Do you agree? pic.twitter.com/4nbhOL0fqZ
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 24, 2021
There must be something to it when your peers says that you are the most disrespected player in the league. Well, that’s what LeBron James said after Booker was omitted from the list of All-Star reserves and LeBron is probably right.
Booker is the leading scorer of the Phoenix Suns at 24.7 points per game. The Although the 24-year old guard is scoring his fewest points per game in four seasons, Booker is finally playing with an All-Star teammate this season in Chris Paul. With Paul taking over the playmaking chores and scoring an average of 16.6 points per game, Booker’s numbers were expected to go down this season.
But because Paul and Booker have co-existed very well this season, the Suns are 20-11 on the season and just two games behind the L.A.Clippers for the lead in the Pacific Division. Phoenix currently has the 4th best record in the West, behind only the Jazz, Clippers, and Lakers even if the best NBA betting sites don’t have them in the Top 4 of their Western Conference odds boards.
Apparently the coaches didn’t factor in Phoenix’s success when they voted. Perhaps they believe that Chris Paul deserves more credit for the Suns’ success. Or did they not want to give Phoenix two representatives after already picking Chris Paul?
CP3’s Reason For Coming to Phoenix
Chris Paul on Devin Booker’s All-Star snub;
“Book is gonna be fine. Mont said it this morning, and it’s true for me too, I came here because of Book. You know what I mean? Don’t make any mistake about that. I came to Phoenix because of Book.”
(via @ginamizell) pic.twitter.com/vHJ1EJb6dl
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 24, 2021
There’s no question CP3 is having another fantastic season and there is no reason to deny Chris Paul’s All-Star inclusion. The 35-year old Paul is enjoying a similar statistical season as 2019-20 where he was named an All-Star.
Last season Paul, led the OKC Thunder to the playoffs in a year when they were supposed to rebuild. This year, CP3 has not only made the Suns into a playoff team but he’s turning them into a Top 4 team in the Western Conference.
But even Paul himself admitted that the reason why he came to Phoenix is Devin Booker. Booker is one of the top young superstars in the league and he proved that after leading the Suns to a perfect 8-0 record in the Orlando Bubble seeding games last season. He’s proving the same this year, only that he is doing so with Chris Paul alongside him.
Phoenix has won 9 out of its last 11 games and the Suns continue to rise in the West. You have to give Chris Paul credit for helping the Suns achieve what they have so far. But remember that the Suns wouldn’t be here without their heart and soul- Devin Booker. Replacement or not, he’s an All-Star.