After living through multiple is-he-in or is-he-out moments early in his NBA career, Damian Lillard didn’t have to sweat Tuesday’s unveiling of the All-Star Game reserves.
There was never a doubt the Portland Trail Blazers point guard would be selected by Western Conference coaches as a reserve for the 2021 All-Star game, ensuring his sixth appearance in the annual NBA exhibition. But that was not the case for others around the league.
And just as Lillard landed on All-Star snubs lists in the past, players such as Devin Booker, Mike Conley and Domantas Sabonis made them today (more on that below).
It was as tough a year as ever for coaches to fill out ballots — one ESPN scribe claimed it to be the hardest choice in a decade — and some coaches, according to USA Today, would not object if the NBA expanded All-Star rosters from “12 to 14 or 15″ players to help their cause.
“It’s a very difficult position to be in,” New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau told USA Today. “When you look at all the players that are having All-Star type years, you know there’s not enough spots.”
But as it stands, the rosters are limited to 12 players, leaving plenty to land on snub lists. The good news? NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be selecting one of these worthy snubbed players to take the place of Anthony Davis, who is injured and won’t play.…