Daryl Morey calls it ‘outrageous’ to leave Chris Paul out of 2018 NBA All-Star Game
After the NBA announced the All-Star reserves on Tuesday, many cheered for the inclusion of the players selected but others lamented the exclusion of some. Perennial All-Star Chris Paul was among the latter. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey believes their point guard shouldn’t have been left off the team despite missing a number of games.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle shares Morey had the following to say:
“It’s pretty outrageous. I think it was based on simple games missed. It’s similar to honors in the past where new standards are getting applied selectively.”
While there is no criteria for the fans, media, or the coaches to follow when selecting All-Stars, it’s interesting to note that there are those who missed several games but were still voted in by the fans in years past.
The reserves are chosen by the coaches who may be stricter than fans when considering a player to be voted into an All-Star team.
“Chris, you have to look at the impact in those games,” Morey continues. “We’re 18-0 in Chris and James and Clint. Obviously, he was the primary guy driving winning when he was playing and James was out (going 4-3.) If you look at with winning as the focus, the wins Chris made happen for us, even in a shorter window, were more than enough to get selected.”
As if to add insult to injury, their chief Western Conference rival, the Golden State Warriors, have four All-Stars namely Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Others selected to play in the All-Star Game from the West are the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, the New Orleans Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, the San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge, and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook.
Paul will not be part of an All-Star roster for the second year in a row after nine consecutive seasons of being selected to play in the mid-season exhibition game.
He is averaging 19.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 8.9 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.
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