The Golden State Warriors have made history—what's new?—by having four players chosen in consecutive years (Klay Thompson and Draymond Green joining starters Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant). This year also saw a handful of first-timers make it: Victor Oladipo (IND), Bradley Beal (WAS), Kristaps Porzingis (NYK), Karl Anthony-Towns (MIN), plus another starter in Joel Embiid (PHI).
And as always, the All-Star selection won't be complete without a few names getting snubbed. With only 24 spots to vie for, it's normal that a couple of stars will be left out. Check out FHM's picks for the most blatant omissions from the annual affair:
Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
14.3 ppg 15 rpg 3.9 apg 1.5 spg 1.2 bpg
Perhaps his most important stat is free throw shooting, which is now a much-improved 62.9% from a hack-worthy 40.6. If not for their recent slide (five-game losing streak, including eight of last 10), Detroit's third-best passer (3.9 apg) would've made the cut.
Dre's stats in a loss to the Utah Jazz today: 30 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 6 blocks
Replace: Kevin Love
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
16.3 ppg 7.9 rpg 7.2 apg 1.9 spg
Who cares if he can't shoot to save his life, the Rookie of the Year front-runner has expedited The Process, which makes him more than qualified. The All-Star Game will be the perfect playground for Philly's most exciting player outside that dude Embiid.
Ben's stats in a win over the Chicago Bulls today: 19 points, 17 rebounds, 14 assists, 2 blocks
Replace: Kyle Lowry
Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)
21.8 ppg 3.4 rpg 5.9 apg 1.2 spg
In terms of being underrated, Walker is the Damian Lillard of the East. He could've had a better chance if he had a better record and better teammates aside from Dwight Howard, who is having a career resurgence and can also make a case for a spot.
Replace: Bradley Beal
"It's outrageous. ... You got four people from one team. You got guys complaining about getting snubbed until they get in ... But the guys that deserve it should be in. I just don't understand."
—Russell Westbrook via ESPN
Chris Paul (Houston Rockets)
19.1 ppg 5.9 rpg 8.9 apg 1.9 spg
For the second straight year, the Houston superstar won't be suiting up in the midseason exhibition. It sounds crazy that the Point God was excluded again, though this may have something to do with the number of games that he has missed (17).
Replace: Klay Thompson
Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder)
20.9 ppg 5.6 rpg 3 apg 2.1 spg 42.2 3p%
Russell Westbrook is still the main man for OKC, but PG13 has emerged as the clear No. 2 option. Ironically, Victor Oladipo, who also played with the reigning Most Valuable Player last season, made the All-Star selection for the first time in his career.
Replace: Jimmy Butler
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
16.2 ppg 10.4 rpg 5 apg 1.2 spg
The Joker really is proving to be the face of the Nuggets franchise. Averaging career-highs across the board, the do-it-all big man has led his team in its hunt for a playoff spot. No wonder he is one of GSW coach Steve Kerr's favorite young players.
Replace: Draymond Green