With the All-NBA teams announced, there are some notable names that were left off the list. Here is the All-NBA Snubbed team.
Playing next to LeBron James has it’s perks and it’s downfalls. On one hand, your team is an automatic championship contending team. Your play, along with that of the whole team, will be elevated and James will bring the best out of everyone. But on the other hand, your individual play might get overlooked. That is where Kyrie Irving lies. Solely looking at Irving, he has arguably the best handle in NBA history. That, along with his lethal jump shot, makes him one of the best point guards in the NBA. Irving ended the season averaging 25.2 points a game on 47 percent shooting. Irving is also dishing out 5.8 assists a game, which is the second best total in his career. While Chris Paul could have easily earned this spot, he missed too many games due to injury to be seriously considered “snubbed.”
Honorable Mention: Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, Damion Lillard
Since Damian Lillard enter into the league, there was no question who was the leader of Portland, until this season. Due to injury, Lillard was forced to miss games, and that is when McCollum stepped up. He has one of the deadliest three point shots, shooting 42 percent from three, and his craftiness makes him tough to guard. He helped carry the team to the playoffs once Lillard returned and he’s in the conversation for best two-guard in the NBA.
Honorable Mention: Klay Thompson, Bradley Beal, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
This one is tough. Gordon Hayward was more consistent over the entire year and won more games than Indiana, but Paul George had to carry more of a load then Hayward. Indiana underachieved this season to say the least behind their new acquisitions. Whether it was lack of chemistry or Indiana’s lack of defensive players, George had to be super human for Indiana to be competitive. It was not until the later half of the season when George came on and looked like the “PG” we all are use to seeing. When he plays at his best, George is arguably a top 10 player in the NBA.
Honorable Mention: Gordon Hayward, Andrew Wiggins, Carmelo Anthony
When Millsap was on the floor, Atlanta has a plus/minus higher than 50. He is everything for the Hawks. He can shoot, dribble, pass, and most importantly play defense. And when he was off the floor, Atlanta lost seven in a row and 9 of their last 10. Considered the “Draymond Green of the Eastern Conference,” Atlanta should do everything in their power to try and retain Millsap this offseason.
Honorable Mentions: Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Serge Ibaka
Leading an offensive challenged team to the playoffs is one thing. But leading that same team to the playoffs with the teams best player, Mike Conley, for the majority of the season is a whole other discussion. No, Gasol is no longer in the conversation for “best center in the NBA,” due to his age, but he is still as valuable as any player in the league. Gasol also increased his three point percentage to nearly 40 percent, making him a true deep threat teams have to take into account. Gasol’s game has age in todays game, but he is still the heart and soul of Memphis.
Honorable Mentions: Karl Anthony-Towns, DeMarcus Cousins, Hassan Whiteside