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All-Star 2019

NBA All-Star Game 2019: DeMar DeRozan among biggest snubs from reserves announcement

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All-Star snubs (NBA Getty Images)

On Thursday, the NBA announced the reserves for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

Every year following the announcement of the complete All-Star rosters, there are players that are perceived to be snubbed from making the team. So who were those players this year?

It's worth noting that one of these Eastern Conference snubs could still be selected to the All-Star team in replacement of the injured Victor Oladipo. League Commissioner Adam Silver is responsible for selecting any replacements due to injury.

Eastern Conference All-Star snubs

Jimmy Butler - Philadelphia 76ers

Butler is averaging 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from 3-point land since being traded to the 76ers.

The Sixers are third place in the East with a record of 34-18 so it might be hard to make the case that they deserve a third All-Star before teams like the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.

D'Angelo Russell - Brooklyn Nets

Russell is posting career-highs in points per game (19.6) and assists per game (6.4) while shooting a career-best from the field (43.8 percent), beyond the arc (37.4 percent) and the free throw stripe (80.8 percent).

He has been the catalyst for a Nets team that is sitting three games over .500 at 28-25 with a stronghold on the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Brooklyn lost one of their best players in Caris LeVert earlier this season and when everyone counted them out, Russell took his game to another level. The Nets went on an eight-game losing streak shortly after the injury to LeVert, but since that point in the season they are 19-7 with Russell averaging 21.2 points and 7.2 assists per game in that stretch.

UPDATE: Russell has been named as Victor Oladipo's injury replacement

Pascal Siakam - Toronto Raptors

Siakam was another player that was eyeing his first All-Star selection this season. He's averaging career-highs in every major statistical category with 15.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

He's been one of the Raptors' most consistent players all season, missing just one of the team's 52 games thus far. He's stepped up for his team countless times, including huge games in wins over teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors.

MORE: NBA announces All-Star starters

Western Conference All-Star snubs

DeMar DeRozan - San Antonio Spurs

For only the second time in the last five years, DeRozan will not be in the All-Star Game.

DeRozan's scoring is down to its lowest mark since 2014-15, which is when he last missed out on being an All-Star, but he's still San Antonio's leading scoring with 21.4 points per game.

DeRozan is also averaging career-highs in rebounds (6.3) and assists (6.2) on the fifth-best team in the Western Conference. His playmaking in particular has been much-needed, as the Spurs lost their starting point guard, Dejounte Murray, to a torn ACL in preseason.

LaMarcus Aldridge, who is averaging 21.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season, will instead represent the Spurs in the All-Star Game.

Luka Doncic - Dallas Mavericks

Doncic finished second in the fan voting for the Western Conference frontcourt and still missed the All-Star Game all together.

The rookie sensation is well on his way to a Rookie of the Year award but the coaches must have felt there were other veterans more deserving of an All-Star bench spot.

Doncic is averaging 20.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game and the Mavericks are 4.5 spots out of the playoffs in the West.

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Doncic may have missed the cut this year, but he looks like a sure-fire All-Star for many years to come.

Rudy Gobert - Utah Jazz

Gobert was the first player that was mentioned by many to be snubbed from the All-Star Game this year.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is averaging 15.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 2.2 assists per game for his surging Jazz team. He has the highest field goal percentage in the league, is second in total blocks and leads all players with 8.9 win shares this season.

Even more unfortunate for Gobert, he missed a $1 million bonus incentive in his contract for not being selected to the roster.

One of the league's best defensive players will have to wait another season to earn his first career All-Star appearance.

Tobias Harris - LA Clippers

Harris has put together a tremendous season in Los Angeles, playing a major role in their 28-24 record as they hold the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

The eight-year veteran just missed his first All-Star selection, averaging a career-high 21.1 points on career-highs in shooting from the field (50.1 percent) and long range (43.0 percent).

He's been the leading scorer on the Clippers, playing in every single game for a team that has been over-achieving all season.

Donovan Mitchell - Utah Jazz

Mitchell had a slow start to the season but has really kicked things up a notch as of late.

The Rookie of the Year runner-up a year ago has been on absolute tear since Christmas Day. He's averaging 26.2 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game since then while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc.

MORE: Here comes Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz

The Jazz are 13-5 in that timespan and have jumped from the bottom-half of the conference to the No. 7 seed at 29-23 in the blink of an eye. But it seems Mitchell's push was too late to be honoured with an All-Star nod.

Jamal Murray - Denver Nuggets

Murray has been the second-best player on one of the best teams in the NBA through the first half-or-so of the season.

He's put up career numbers, averaging 18.5 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game while knocking down threes at a 36.5 percent clip.

The Nuggets very well could have gotten more than just Nikola Jokic into the All-Star game boasting the third-best record in the league at 35-15. Had they gotten another player in, the NBA's coaches would not have had to look any further than the Kitchener, Ontario-native.

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