Blazers Duo, Embiid Fail To Make All-Star Cut

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, the Blazers backcourt duo Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum and Jazz center Rudy Gobert were among the prominent players who failed to make the cut on the Western Conference All-Star reserve unit, which was unveiled on Thursday and relayed on the NBA’s Twitter feed. Joel Embiid, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony were some of the notable names who didn’t make the cut on the Eastern Conference squad. (Twitter links).

Russell Westbrook,  Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan and Gordon Hayward received the most votes by the conference’s coaches, who pick the reserves. Westbrook, of course, was the biggest snub among the All-Star starters as the fan voting, which counted for 50% toward the overall balloting, put him behind Stephen Curry and James Harden.

Paul George, Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap, Isaiah Thomas, Kemba Walker and John Wall were named the Eastern Conference’s All-Star reserves.

Did the coaches get it right or was there an obvious mistake on their part? Go to the comments section and weigh in.

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18 thoughts on “Blazers Duo, Embiid Fail To Make All-Star Cut

  1. DarkGhost

    How in the hell did Gordon Hayward or Draymon Green make it over Damien Lillard what a joke.

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    • Hayward is just as deserving of an All-Star bid as almost any other player. He’s been the driving force behind the Jazz this year, especially since George Hill and Rodney Hood have basically been on-and-off hurt, Favors has disappeared, and Gobert wouldn’t be able to carry the Jazz as Hayward has.

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    • Krahril45

      Um they don’t play the same position. A guard cant take a big-man’s spot.

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  2. Green and Jordan are not all stars.

    Towns and cj mccollum should be the two in that spot over them.

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  3. No problems, imo, to the East reserves. Kemba is maybe the one guy who you would take out, but the only “clear” replacement would be Embiid who loses points for missing so many games already.

    In the West, I didn’t think Jordan was going to get voted in, but I’m not opposed to his inclusion. I can definitely see an argument being made for Towns or Gobert over him though. I’m also not a fan of both Draymond and Klay getting in. I personally think Mike Conley should’ve gotten in over either Dray or Klay with one of those two earning the other spot. Also CP3 had a good argument to get in. I think his injury definitely affected the vote for him, but voting him in (even though he couldn’t play) and letting Adam Silver name a replacement should’ve been the way it was done. CP3 was arguably the fourth best guard in the league (behind Westbrook, Harden, Curry) before his injury.

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  4. gmflores27

    I hate bandwagon fans especially the stupid kids in SoCal who are warriors fans since a couple years ago

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  5. Skute23

    Portland shouldn’t have gotten anyone in. They are a terrible team this year

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  6. williboy10

    Conley deserved it more than Draymond. I feel like some coaches gave Draymond the nod since he’s an Almighty Warrior. Draymond is the 4th best player on his team. Conley is 2nd. Also Rudy should’ve been in there instead of Jordan. Deandre’s numbers are inflated because of the injuries to CP3 and Blake.

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  7. Formerlyz

    In the west, Rudy Gobert or Mike Conley over Demarcus Cousins, and in the East, any of the 3 mentioned snubs, and I’d add Jabari Parker and Dwight to that list, make sense over Paul George. Derozan also shouldn’t be a starter, and I’d take any of the remaining guys on that list, plus Paul George, over him

    I would also say CP3 deserved a spot, but he was injured, so i guess i can look past that, and KAT, Wiggins, or Harrison Barnes might have made more sense than Draymond this year, but the responsibilities Draymond has for his team, especially defensively, makes me fine with him still being there this year, as well as lack of winning from the wolves and mavs…

    I need more responsibility from PG13 on the defensive end, and some willingness to play the 4 for stretches, and give them versatility, to help his team. But he obviously isn’t a real leader, so he is undeserving for me this year

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    • Harrison Barnes!? No way. As for the East, Lowry and Isaiah shouldv’e been starting back court. Saying that PG over DeMar in the starting unit is disgraceful. Yeah maybe DD shouldn’t be starting, but hes 100% at least a sub, while I don’t even really think PG is really all-star worthy this year (at least up to his lofty standards).

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      • Formerlyz

        I said PG shouldn’t be on the team. I dont know what you’re reading. But I had Lowry and Isiah Thomas as starters as well

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    • yoyo137

      Derozan should definitely be a starter have you ever even seen him play?

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      • Formerlyz

        Ya…he is a terrible defender, and though his fg% are up, his scoring is predicated on getting phantom calls in the mid range game, and getting to the line, not b/c he actually drew legit contact, but b/c he forced contact into opponents and got calls…like James harden…getting to the line is a skill, but not the way Derozan and harden do it. Well, maybe it isn’t entirely as bad as the way Harden does it, though he has spoken about he and harden coming up with new ways to trick officials into calling fouls. I don’t have as hard a time watching DeRozan, as I do Harden…but, Kyle Lowry is exponentially better than DeRozan. That’s not arguable. Starters should have been Lowry and IT

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  8. Draymond is the Defensive Player of the Year on the best team in the league, the coaches know wassup and fear playing Draymond any night (it’s been like that since 2013). I got love for Dame (personally would have put him over Klay just bc he got snubbed last year) but his team is not even in the playoffs and they have a great coach, so I understand. McCollum, Gobert and Conley are just unlucky, can’t be taken over any of those players.

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  9. Just because Green doesn’t put up 20 ppg EVERY game doesn’t mean he’s not an all star. Coaches voted him in for a reason. He’s one of the smartest and toughest players in the league who can do anything (including kicking over his head).

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  10. yoyo137

    I’m a blazers fan and didn’t think anyone should have gotten in this year, though I think CJ McCollum was more deserving than Dame. Embiid should’ve got in, in my opinion, but missing games and being on a minutes restriction hurt that. East team seems super small though lots of wings and guards on the team.

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