Twitter reacts to Damian Lillard being snubbed as All-Star starter
Damian Lillard is a frontrunner for NBA MVP, so it is a little baffling that he will not even be starting in the All-Star Game for his own conference.
The league announced this year’s All-Star starters for the West on Thursday. The Portland Trail Blazers star was not one of them, losing out to Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic for the two backcourt spots. Lillard actually finished tied in voting with Doncic, but Doncic got a higher percentage of the fan vote, so he got the nod instead. The fan vote counts for 50 percent of the total vote as opposed to 25 percent each for player and media votes.
Damian Lillard and Luka Doncic were tied in votes and the fan vote broke the tie to get Doncic the nod. https://t.co/MOmfhWLA3x
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 19, 2021
Twitter reacted with outrage to Lillard getting snubbed. Take a look:
— Mouad (@Mouad_CWW) February 19, 2021
Dame is the most hated player in the nba im done
— Tyler(18-10) (@Tyler_458) February 19, 2021
Idgaf what the nba did is an injustice to lillard pic.twitter.com/PK7iQYYvTS
— ASIPainSzn (@Ayton_SZN) February 19, 2021
— Carlos Marti (@Marti_McFlyJr) February 19, 2021
— #RingerNBA (@ringernba) February 19, 2021
What Lillard is doing this season has been nothing short of Herculean. He is putting up 29.8 points and 7.7 assists per game, which are close to career highs. Lillard has also led the Blazers to the No. 4 seed in the West despite currently being without his two top teammates in CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic. Meanwhile, Curry’s Golden State Warriors are No. 7, and Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks are No. 10.
Granted, Curry has been one of the most popular players in the NBA for the last decade. Doncic also has a huge base of support among European fans. But Lillard is becoming almost criminally underappreciated, and you can bet that he won’t forget this latest snub any time soon.