The starting teams for the NBA All-Stars clash have been announced, and there is no room for Russell Westbrook in the Western Conference line-up – despite the Thunder linchpin averaging a triple-double this season.
The presence of the ultra-popular Steph Curry blocked Westbrook’s much-deserved place in the side. New Orleans big man Anthony Davis is the only first-time starter in the West All-Stars team.
Russell Westbrook is averaging 30.6 points 10.4 assists 10.6 rebounds and isn’t starting the all-star game pic.twitter.com/JUEO6RI9U5
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) January 20, 2017
Over on the Eastern Conference side of the fence, LeBron James is the only returning starter, with the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo making their first starts in the frontcourt and Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan also nabs his maiden All-Star start.
James’ Cavaliers partner-in-crime Kyrie Irving returns to the East line-up after missing last year’s All-Star game through injury. Isaiah Thomas was a notable omission from the East’s starting five.
Isaiah Thomas is not in the all-star starting lineup. RETWEET in protest!!! pic.twitter.com/5Qxy28Lcgk
— Bostons Diehards (@BDiehards) January 20, 2017
Total NBA All-Star Rankings: pic.twitter.com/SbzLRYWOQS
— The Lead (@NBALEAD) January 20, 2017