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Devin Booker’s NBA All-Star slight causes a Twitter uproar

Jan 30, 2020, 5:49 PM | Updated: 7:14 pm
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns looks on in the second half against the Golden State Warriors a...
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns looks on in the second half against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on December 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Devin Booker will have to wait.

If not another year, the Phoenix Suns guard will have to wait for a Western Conference player picked for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game to pull out of the event.

The NBA released its coaches’ choices for the All-Star reserves on Thursday, and Booker missed out despite averaging 27.1 points and 6.4 assists per game on 51% shooting.

Of the seven picks out of the Western Conference, three spots went to frontcourt players: Rudy Gobert, Nikola Jokic and Brandon Ingram, the last of whom became a target for Booker fans’ venom after learning the Suns guard was left out.

In that regard, blame the format that requires coaches to pick three frontcourt players, two backcourt players and two remaining players of any position.

But Booker was also set back by reputation picks.

Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul all made the All-Star team, while first-timer Donovan Mitchell also made it at guard because he plays for one of the hottest NBA teams at present.

Aside from Lillard, there’s at least a reasonable argument for Booker to make the squad over any of the aforementioned reserve guards.

Booker was widely viewed as the biggest snub from either conference — Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards was also mentioned a ton — and that had hoops fans, reporters and analysts all fired up on Twitter.

Even a few players who have played with and against Booker didn’t get into his first NBA All-Star Game.

Respective observers of national basketball games were surprised by the news of Booker’s snub. The stats backed them up.

There were also the memes.

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