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Trae Young, Domantas Sabonis among Eastern Conference All-Star snubs

The Hawks young guard was left off the roster after being an All-Star last season. We go over a few snubs for 2021.

Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets on February 21, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2021 NBA All-Star Game will be held on March 7 in Atlanta after the League had decided not to have the game due to the ongoing pandemic. Every season we get loaded All-Star teams and every season we get players who should have made it and were left off. We really only had one big All-Star Game starter snub in Portland Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard for the West. The East was pretty cut and dry. With plenty of names who appear worthy of making the All-Star team, there are bound to be snubs. Let’s go over the top snubs for the Eastern Conference roster.

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

This is a bit of a surprise with Philadelphia 76ers PG Ben Simmons making the roster over Young, who is among the top scorers in the NBA. Right now, Young ranks 8th in the League with 26.9 points per game. He’s nearly averaging a double-double with 9.5 assists per game. The Hawks have underachieved a bit after a busy offseason and are 13-17, outside the playoff picture. That isn’t really Young’s fault since the team has endured a ton of injuries early on to Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Andre Hunter. Expect Young to be involved in All-Star weekend, likely in the Skills comp or 3-point contest.

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers

This is another All-Star from last season who was left off in 2021. Sabonis had a breakout season in 2019-20, averaging 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists. This season, you could argue Sabonis is doing even better, his scoring numbers up to 21.5 points per game. It’s a bit surprising that the coaches and fans chose New York Knicks PF Julius Randle over Sabonis. Or is it? This may have more to do with the fans than coaches, not to discredit Randle at all because he’s deserving as well. Sabonis was the odd-man out, though we could also see him on March 7, similar to Young, in the skills comp.

Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons

Grant is currently the favorite to win Most Improved Player on DraftKings Sportsbook. He’s had a renaissance season with Detroit, averaging 23.5 points per game, which is inside the top 20 in the NBA. Clearly the lack of fan support out of Detroit and the fact the Pistons have been awful this season didn’t help Grant’s case for being an All-Star. The thing with Grant is, you can’t really look at the East roster and say he deserves to be in there ahead of any of those forward.

Honorable Mentions: Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors; Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers; Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets; Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers