While fans haven’t yet caught on to the Devin Booker phenomenon, it appears other players in the league know that he is special.
Final NBA All-Star voting results were released last night and Booker finished in a tie for fourth with Damian Lillard in the player portion of the voting.
Results courtesy of NBA.com.
Booker also finished in a four way tie for seventh among the media panel.
Each player’s score is weighted based on 50% for fan vote, 2% for player vote and 25% for media vote. The formula to determine a player’s score is (Fan Rank * 2 + Player Rank + Media Rank)/4.
Booker is one of just nine players averaging at least 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game this season. Seven of the other eight were named All-Star starters. The other, Damian Lillard, is one of Booker’s main competitors for a reserve spot.
Hopefully the coaches, who pick the reserves, will come to the same conclusion as their players.
The coaches will select three frontcourt players, two guards and two wildcards to round out the rosters.
Russell Westbrook is obviously in.
At least one of Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler is sure to make it from the fourth place Minnesota Timberwolves.
Draymond Green and Klay Thompson would give the Golden St. Warriors four players... which happened last year. I would definitely expect at least one of them for sure.
From there it gets a little muddled.
LaMarcus Aldridge, from the third place San Antonio Spurs, probably gets a spot since Kawhi Leonard has been out most of the season.
Chris Paul has also missed extensive time... will he get the career nod? His numbers this season are certainly worthy in the limited sample.
Then there is Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers, who has similar production to Booker, but is on a better team and has previously been an All-Star. He also has the tag of being snubbed for the last two games... does that enter into the coaches voting?
So I think that puts Booker in a group of eight players fighting for six spots (conceding a place to Westbrook for sure).
Booker has two things going against him.
First, the Suns record. All of those other players are on teams that would be in the playoffs if they started today.
If Devin Booker was 24 and had already been an All-Star before I think he would be in for sure. This might be an example of him “paying his dues” one last time before making it next year.
Here’s hoping that’s not the case.
I would have him in as the 12th player.
I think anyone that watched him pour in 21 straight in the fourth quarter of his last game against Portland should.
Will Devin Booker be selected as an All-Star reserve?
This poll is closed
No. He will fall short because of the stiff competition. He just didn’t quite earn it, but should next year.
No. He deserves it, but will be snubbed.