Mr Puddles wrote:spanishninja wrote:Seattlesun wrote:Hey fellas, if we are honest with ourselves, Dev did get off to a pretty slow start and had TO issues early. We all know he belongs amongst the top players but with all the hard decisions voters have to make, I think Dev’s slow start hurt him. Good chance he replaces AD. If not, incentive to kick a$$ the rest of the way. Go Suns!!
most of the other west all-stars had continuity compared to last year. the only other one in a new situation was CP3, and if you recall he was rusty himself early in the season. hard to blame a slow start all on booker.
His slow start was clearly an anomaly, not the norm, and he's been his old self again in February. The thing about the All-star selections is that you don't want to look back on it at the end of the year and go "why the hell wasn't that guy selected" - Booker needing 10 games or so to adjust to sharing the backcourt with another star player for the first time in his career shouldn't disqualify him from making the all-star team, especially when you factor in how he's been snubbed in the past. Anyone thinking that Booker has forgotten how to be a dominant scorer on elite efficiency over the summer is kidding themselves. Then add to that fact that some of the guys selected over him, really haven't been playing much better (or better at all for that matter). I guess this is a by-product as well of all-star selections being made earlier in the season (games wise).
The inconsistency with how the selections are made is what bugs me more. Donovan Mitchell is basically putting up stats that are virtually identical to Booker in his 3rd year - in terms of scoring, ts%, assists, rebounds and AST to TO - but nobody bats an eye at him being an allstar selection because the Jazz have the best record in the league. Zion's team has one of the worst records in the league, but gets selected because he has nice scoring numbers (even though his defense and rebounding leave much to be desired). And then Booker is caught in the middle: better statistically than Mitchell, but one a team with a worst record, and arguably worse than Zion statistically but one a team with a much better record. Somewhere between selection Mitchell and Zion the narrative seemed to shift from, "team record" to "individual stats". The goal post seems to shift with each selection.
Is it crazy that all star selections are finalised after 30 games. less than halfway through even this shortened season?
"Slow start" is really just a few bad games, and you're done...