Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic was left off the list of seven Western Conference All-Star reserves voted in by league coaches, leaving him out of NBA All-Star weekend but with a slight chance he can be selected for the game as an injury reserve.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, James Harden, Dwight Howard and Dirk Nowitzki filled in the bench.
There is still one and potentially two NBA All-Star spots to fill.
Fans voted Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love into the starting lineup, but Bryant is likely to miss the game while he continues recovering from a knee injury. Paul is recovering from a shoulder injury but is expected back before the All-Star break.
The NBA will select an injury reserve for Bryant and potentially Paul.
But Dragic, seemingly the odd man out — the TNT studio guys certainly saw it that way — will have to be chosen in an already guard-heavy class and against the statistical juggernaut Anthony Davis, who is likely considered a lock to replace Bryant.
DeMarcus Cousins is another impressive resume left off the West team, and Tim Duncan’s second absence in two years is also a mild surprise.
As for the Suns, the snub of Dragic acts as another motivating factor for a team that also didn’t see starting center Miles Plumlee make the Rising Stars Challenge as an NBA sophomore despite his near double-double averages and 1.53 blocks per game.