Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is no stranger to snubs, from getting little interest out of high school to being left off the NBA All-Star team several times in his career. While it’s basically impossible to predict who will be an All-Star next February, Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report has put together early predictions that leave Lillard off the team and have Utah Jazz sensation Donovan Mitchell taking over his reserve spot:
Our predictions have Mitchell effectively taking Lillard’s spot, but the Blazers icon would have warranted starting consideration in the East. If he posts another season of 26.9 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds, he could end up making it over Mitchell. If that’s how it shakes out, nobody outside of Salt Lake City will have cause to be upset.
The West is just ridiculous.
Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Rudy Gobert join Lillard as the West’s snubs. You can read the full predictions here.