by JAKE GONZALEZ
This years NBA All-Star game features a lot of the same faces and a few new faces. Among the familiar faces from the Western Conference are Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and James Harden. From the Eastern Conference, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, DeMar Derozan, and Jimmy Butler. The Eastern Conference has two players making their first All-Star appearance. Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo are emerging as young stars in the NBA with their tremendous skill level.
Russell Westbrook is returning to the All-Star game for his fifth appearance. Despite putting up historic numbers midway through the season, he did not earn a starting spot in the Western Conference. He is the only person who has averaged a triple-double since Oscar Robertson did so in the 1961-62 NBA season. Westbrook is averaging 30.6 points per game, 10.4 assists per game, and 10.6 rebounds per game. As the player who has the best numbers in the league, it is no question he deserves to be a starter. Because of the NBA allowing the fans to participate, Stephen Curry and James Harden had more fan votes than Russell Westbrook which knocked Westbrook out of the starting lineup. Current and former NBA players are in shock that Westbrook is not a starter along with a huge wave of fans. But hey, there’s always next year.