The 2024 NBA all-star game reserves were announced last Thursday evening after being selected by all 30 NBA coaches. With only seven spots for reserves in each conference, snubs were inevitable. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest all-star snubs in the NBA.
Western Conference Biggest Snubs
Fox has been one of the most electric guards in the NBA this season. He has been averaging a career high 26.9 points and has been shooting significantly better this season by averaging 37.9 percent from behind the arc. While running one of the most dominant pick and roll offenses in the NBA, Fox has been instrumental in turning around Sacramento Kings franchise. The bevy of talented guards in the western conference along with Sacramento’s smaller media market contributed to Fox’s omission yet again.
Wembanyama has taken the league by storm this year after being the first pick of last year’s 2023 NBA Draft. Wembanyama night in and night out has shocked and awed at the tender age of 19 years old and a staggering size of 7-foot-4. He is currently averaging 20.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and has anchored the San Antonio Spurs defense for the first half of the season. As a rookie, Wembanyama has proven to be one of the league’s premier defenders. He’s only giving up a 38.5 percent shooting percentage while guarding opponents. With so much untapped potential, Wembanyama is poised to be a perennial NBA All-Star for years to come.
After starting off the season in a cold shooting slump, Young has turned up the notch becoming one of the best offensive players this season. He is averaging 27.1 points and is second in assists per game this season with 10.9, trailing All-Star starter Tyrese Haliburton. The Hawks have struggled most of this season in spite of Young’s impressive stats. While currently sitting at 22-28 (.440) in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks’ poor season likely contributed to Young not being selected initially. Although Young was not initially selected, he has replaced New York Knicks PF, Julius Randle, who will be out 2-3 weeks due too a dislocated right shoulder.
Allen has been the savior for an injury-riddled Cleveland Cavaliers, who’ve been depleted with key players missing games due to injuries. He has been a great finisher around the rim and is an elite defender, which earned him a 2022 NBA All-Star selection. Allen is currently fifth in the NBA in field goal percentage at an impressive 64.3 percent. With players such as Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Bam Adebayo as major players in the Eastern Conference, Allen will have to wait until next season to reclaim his spot as an all-star.