The league officially announced the starters for the 2016 All-Star game on Thursday and Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant led all players with a total of 1,891,614 votes, in this, the final season of his career. Also named starters in the West were: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard. LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kyle Lowry are the starters for the Eastern Conference.
As with every season, there are a number of deserving players who won’t be on the court for the opening tip for February 14th’s exhibition. The Pelicans’ Anthony Davis took the biggest hit by not being voted in, needing a starting nod to trigger the Derrick Rose rule, which would have given Davis a salary of a projected $24.9MM instead of $20.4MM next season. The difference could amount to $25.875MM over the life of his contract, based on those same projections, though he could still invoke the rule if he earns an All-NBA nod or wins the MVP award in the spring. But Davis certainly wasn’t the only star player to miss out on being selected.
Which brings me to the topic for today: Which player not being named an All-Star starter was the biggest snub?
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