The Western Conference was going to have snubs, several of them, no matter what.
There’s only 12 spots on the All-Star team and five are still stupidly voted in by fans. This makes picking the seven reserves (done by the coaches) an even more daunting process because the fan selections have likely selected a player who mucks the whole thing up.
Lucky for the voting process, Kobe Bryant got hurt.
And perhaps fortunate for the huge amount of snubs, we had several other injuries take place thus opening up roster spots for deserving players that simply missed the cut by the numbers game.
Let’s take a look at the initial roster.
*denotes a fan-voted in starter
And the bench, the seven coach selections that happened a week later.
The snubs were a’plenty, but even more injuries opened up some roster spots for a few of those to earn an All-Star Game appearance. All three injuries would come from the starting lineup, pushing three reserves in and three spots now vacant.
DeMarcus Cousins replaced Kobe Bryant, earning a well deserved first trip to the NBA’s February showcase.
The final replacement was the biggest shocker of them all. Anthony Davis was announced as unable to partake in Sunday’s contest as recently as late as Wednesday Night, just a day and one Bulls-Cavs matchup from the festivities kicking off in New York City.
*replacements picked by Commissioner Adam Silver*
This decision marked the 13th All-Star Game appearance for the future Hall of Famer and NBA’s 7th all-time leading scorer. Deserving? As a lifetime achievement award, abso-frikkin-lutely. But #41 himself will be the first to tell you the Memphis Grizzlies were more deserving to add an All-Star as well as his own teammate and running mate Monta Ellis was more deserving of breaking his drought of near-misses at All-Star Weekend.
Alas, Dirk is in, grabbing that final spot. And we know now who is out, so let’s form a 2015 NBA All All-Star Snub Team!