The NBA’s All Star team was reported this afternoon, and Khris Middleton was not selected as a reserve for the Eastern Conference, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Sources: 2021 NBA All-Star reserves:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021
West: Chris Paul, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis
East: James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic
Middleton, a two-time All-Star boasts averages of 20.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 5.7 assists while shooting 50.5/43.1/89.5 this season. While it’s disappointing to see him left off, he does get to use the break to rest!
Most surprising to me was Vuc getting in over Khris, Bam and Sabonis. Vuc is having a great season, but coaches voting him in over those three is pretty shocking to me -- apparently coaches are more of a PPGZ crowd than you might think? Would explain LaVine, Randle and Vuc.— Frank Madden (@fmaddenNBA) February 24, 2021
The Milwaukee Bucks will be represented by Giannis Antetokounmpo and there is a chance that Middleton could still sneak in as an injury replacement. Of the players included in the Eastern Conference this year, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic stand out as, let’s say, questionable honorees over Middleton, but Khris hit a rough patch at the same time that the Bucks did, and those stretches are fresh in the minds of coaches.
Besides: is this All-Star game really necessary?