Retired 2021 NBA All-Star players: Devin Booker, Bam Adebayo, Mike Conley not named as reserves

There are always more deserving All-Star candidates than there is room for them, but that has never been more true than this season. The NBA announced the reserves on Tuesday and there is a decent chance that you are indignant because of one or another “snob”.

If you missed it, coaches have declared Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Zion Williamson reserves of the Western Conference. In the East, coaches voted for James Harden, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Julius Randle, Nikola Vucevic, Zach LaVine and Ben Simmons.

On March 4, Kevin Durant and LeBron James will put together their teams. The match is played on March 7 and, if they are not selected as a substitute for injury, the following players will not be on the field:

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Most coaches didn’t intend to pick two Suns, and Booker seems to have been a victim of Paul’s success. His assist rate has understandably dropped now that Paul is nearby, but he has actually increased his utilization rate to 30.3 percent and continued with his extremely efficient scoring. This might fall a heavy pill that Booker could swallow, but hey, as long as his team stays healthy, the first taste of the playoffs will get in a few months. That’s the other side of this.

Mike Conley, Utah Jazz

It is honestly surprising that the coaches did not choose him, considering that he is universally appreciated and that his team has the best record in the league. Conley, a 14-year-old vet who barely missed a cut several times in Memphis, is a sentimental menu to take Davis ’place. He also has a solid statistical case: In 36 minutes, he averages 20.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists on 59.4 percent of a true shot. Conley launches 3 at a higher volume and more accurately than ever before and plays a better defense than some of the players selected above him. Jazz outscored opponents with 17.1 points per 100 possessions with him on the field, a top rating in the entire league.

Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

Middleton cut back in 2019 and 2020, but missed it this time because his team was not so dominant (and the East has a trillion deserving candidates). However, he was significantly better individually this season, so this seems a bit strange. Milwaukee strengthened Middleton as a playmaker, averaging 6.2 career assists in 36 minutes. His divisions for shooting .505 / .431 / .895 are insane.

Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat

Another player who took a step forward after the All-Star season, Adebayo added a middle-class jumper to his arsenal, increased usage and continued to grow into one of the NBA’s leading giants. In 36 minutes, he averaged 19.6 points, plus 9.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 blocks on 63.6 percent of a true shot. It’s not his fault at all that the Heats are 14-17, but the disappointing record probably cost him his second appearance.

Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors

From the unrafted bench heater to the crucial part of the best bench unit in the league to the NBA Finals hero to the starting starter to this, evolution has continued. VanVleet will have to wait to confirm its latest jump with an All-Star appearance, but it is obviously playing at the All-Star level. He was a great point as the Raptors struggled, and mostly succeeded in their success as they turned things around, mostly with his 54-point game against Orlando and his recent wins against the Sixers and Bucks without Kyle Lowry. In February, he averaged 21.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.6 steals in 36 minutes with 59.8 percent of a true shot, but a late push was not enough.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder

No longer part of the three-headed PG monster, Gilgeous-Alexander emerged as Thunder’s clear option no. 1. This was a predictable story, but the same cannot be said for the extent of its development. In general, when a young player’s utilization rate makes a significant jump, just maintaining his efficiency is considered a success. This 22-year-old has done much more than that. He averages 24.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists on 62 percent (!) Of a True Shot. The coaches probably held an OKC record of 12-19 against him.

De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings

Fox was one of the best clutches in the league, and had this vote been conducted before the Kings ’seven-game defeat, I bet he would have done it. He averages 24.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 36 minutes a season, but these figures underestimate how far he has progressed as a pick-and-roll operator. Fox confidently takes the pull-up 3s and stepback 3s, and his 41.9 percent rating on catch-and-shoot 3s suggests that in the relatively near future he will be able to perform those shots at a reliable speed. He also shoots 72 percent of his shots on the edge, which shouldn’t be possible.

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Strictly speaking the numbers, it’s hard to rationalize Young’s keeping out of the team. The guy averages 27.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 9.9 assists in 36 minutes at 60.8 percent of a true shot, and opponents can’t keep him away from the free throw line. The Hawks, however, had an uneven season, and Young did not significantly improve his defense or play outside the ball.

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers

Sabonis and the Pacers started the season strong, but his case lost a pair when the team did. Like Middleton and Adebayo, he is now unquestionably better than he was when he played an All-Star game last season. He averages 21.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 36 minutes at 59.5% of true shots, with a high career utilization rate of 25.4. Everything Indiana does revolves around him.

Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets

Hayward’s numbers of 36 (22.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals) are almost identical to those in his last season in Utah. Its 60 percent percentage of actual firing is a few percentage points higher. Hayward was everything the Hornets had hoped they would be, providing exactly the right amount of scoring and play to reduce the pressure on their guards without getting in their way. Unfortunately for him, those numbers don’t jump off the page in the same way that, say, LaVine does.

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat

Should coaches reward the best players or the players who have the best seasons? If you bow to the former or believe it should be a combination of the two, you probably think Butler was robbed. He proved that he was among the first leaguers in the balloon league, and his statistics through 19 games – 20.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 36 minutes with 55 percent true shooting – didn’t they all different from his last season stats. Butler, however, started slowly, and his 12 missed games probably worked against him. It was probably a Miami record as well.

DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs

DeRozan’s game of goals and kicks was an important part of the new Spurs attack, averaging 7.4 career assists in 36 minutes. He’s still an amazing middle-class shooter, but he’s reduced the frequency of his long 2s and achieved 57 percent of them in his career, by clearing the glass. He also no longer shuns the 3-point line. San Antonio isn’t a big enough story for DeRozan to generate a lot of All-Star buzz, and it’s probably also a factor in reducing his points per game (19.8). When you consider how he was talked about throughout his career, this is some rich irony.

Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers

For the second time, Harris has a year of career under Doc Rivers, averaging 21.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks in 36 minutes with a true 60-shot. , 7 percent. The epitome of the Sixers ’highly improved offensive ecosystem, Harris’ shot profile doesn’t look that different, but it’s much more comfortable as a shooter than last season. As Conley discovered, it’s hard to get in when you’re teammates with two longtime All-Stars stars.

Honorable Mentions: Jerami Grant, Brandon Ingram, Christian Wood, Ja Morant, CJ McCollum