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NBA All-Star Game starters this year have 1 big snub

Adam Silver speaking

Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks to media before game one of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

After narrowly missing out on the MVP award in back-to-back years, one top NBA star is missing out yet again.

The NBA announced on Thursday the official starters for this year’s All-Star Game in Salt Lake City. LeBron James (the captain), Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson, and Nikola Jokic were named the starters in the West. Giannis Antetokounmpo (the other captain), Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Donovan Mitchell got the nods in the East.

There was one major snub out East though — Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid did not earn a starting spot this year.

Many on Twitter, including Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma, expressed outrage over the omission of Embiid.

There were only three frontcourt spots up for grabs, so one of Tatum, Antetokounmpo, Durant, and Embiid (all of whom are having fantastic seasons on top-four teams in the conference) was inevitably going to get snubbed. But for Embiid to be the one who got shut out (when he is leading the East with 33.4 points per game and has had arguably a greater two-way impact than any of the others except for maybe Antetokoumpo) did not sit right with many.

Embiid will obviously make it in as an All-Star reserve and had been named an All-Star starter for the last five straight seasons before this one. Still, it should fun to see how the notoriously petty Embiid responds to his snub.

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