All Star Worthy

by John Pagnotta | Feb 7, 2024 | General | 0 comments

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With the 2024 NBA ASG approaching in a few weeks, there were many well-deserved selections to represent the Eastern and Western Conference reserves. Knicks PG Jalen Brunson (27.3 PPG, 6.5 APG, 41.3 3P%), Magic SF Paolo Banchero (23 PPG, 7 RPG, 5 APG), 76ers PG Tyrese Maxey (25.9 PPG, 6.4 APG, 1 SPG), and Raptors F Scottie Barnes (20.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.5 BPG) were all selected to the ASG for the first time in their careers. Curry, Lebron, Giannis, Jokic, Doncic, Tyrese Haliburton, and more were selected as starters. However, there were a few players that deserve their recognition, even though they weren’t selected for the annual game in Indiana. With that in mind, here are 4 ASG snubs that were definitely worthy of being voted as a reserve/starter…

1. Kings PF Domantas Sabonis

A big reason why the Sacramento Kings sit in 5th place in the West (29-20) is because of the contributions of Sabonis. Sabonis has always been known for being a double-double machine ever since his breakout 2019 season with the Indiana Pacers. Ever since he got dealt to the Kings, his playmaking has gone up considerably. After averaging over 7 assists a game last season, Sabonis has upped his APG to over 8 this season (7th in NBA) while maintaining over 13 RPG (1st in NBA) and averaging 19 PPG. He is shooting around 62% from the field (highest in his career) and 43% from 3PT (2nd highest in career). In addition, Sabonis already has 45 double-doubles and an outstanding 15 triple doubles (he had 14 all of last season). All of these factors show that he is definitely worthy of being an All-Star.

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2. Kings PG De’Aaron Fox

Another reason for the Kings’ success so far has been the stellar play from De’Aaron Fox. Fox has been a stud for the Kings ever since his sophomore season, as he has had 5 straight seasons of recording 20+ PPG with at least 5 APG. This season, he has increased his scoring (27.3 PPG) while maintaining his other stats (5.3 APG, 4 RPG). He has also recorded his highest SPG average (1.8), which is one of the highest among guards in the NBA, and has shot his most efficient from 3pt range at a higher clip (37.8% on 8 attempts per game). Fox is well-deserving of a trip to Indiana, as he has been outstanding and integral for the Kings so far this season.

3. Jazz PF Lauri Markkanen

The Jazz have rebounded from a horrendous start to the NBA season by going on an incredible run and rising up to a play-in spot in the West (25-26). A big part of their excellent stretch has been from Lauri Markkanen. Markkanen was amazing in his first season in Utah (26 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2 APG) and has followed up with a nearly identical line this year. He has shot nearly 50% from the field, over 40% from 3PT, and nearly 88% from the FT line, which are all incredible for a big man. He has been consistently great for a red-hot Jazz team that is quickly rising in the Western Conference. Lauri should’ve been rewarded for his efforts by receiving a trip to Indiana.

4. Pistons PG Cade Cunningham

When you read about the Pistons, you usually think of their 6-43 record, or anything historically terrible. In the midst of their historically bad season, Cade Cunningham has been a bright spot in Detroit. He is averaging over 22 PPG, 4 RPG, and 7.5 APG (9th in NBA). He has also shot a career high 44.8% from the field and 34.4% from 3pt. In addition, Cade has averaged a steal per game and has recorded 9 double doubles this year. With all the pain Detroit has gone through this year, Cunningham receiving an ASG invite should’ve been a pleasant surprise for a season to forget for the Pistons.

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My name is John Pagnotta and I live in Queens, NY. I am a sophomore at Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School. I am a huge fan of the Jets, Mets, Islanders, and Knicks. I started following sports when I was around 7 years old and I have not lost love for it ever since!


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