Earlier this week, the NBA introduced the ten starters for the 2021 All-Star Game, which is ready to happen on March 7 in Atlanta. As all the time, there was loads of debate about whether or not the precise gamers have been chosen — particularly because it pertains to the Western Conference backcourt.The two guards who obtained the nod have been Steph Curry and Luka Doncic, although many imagine that Damian Lillard deserved a spot. And, actually, he practically did. Doncic and Lillard have been tied after the total voting course of, which incorporates enter from followers, media and gamers, and the Mavericks star solely obtained the beginning as a result of he gained the tiebreaker which was based mostly on the fan vote. Now, a couple of days later, Doncic has weighed in on the state of affairs. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Doncic admitted that he was stunned to be named a starter, and thought that Lillard might need been the extra deserving alternative. “I did not anticipate that I used to be going to start out this recreation,” Doncic stated. “I do know that possibly [Damian] Lillard deserved it greater than me.”

That was a gracious factor for Doncic to say, however he actually does not have to be apologizing. He did not have any say within the course of and is placing collectively a fully good season. Through 29 video games he is averaging 29.1 factors, 8.6 rebounds and 9.4 assists. He’s fifth within the league in scoring, third in assists, and placing up career-best marks in each of these classes. If that is not deserving of beginning the All-Star Game, then what’s?It’s sadly only a tough state of affairs the place there are extra deserving candidates than spots accessible. Lillard himself is popping in 29.8 factors, 4.4 rebounds and seven.7 assists on a nightly foundation, and has the Trail Blazers in fourth place within the Western Conference. Surely that is deserving of a beginning spot as effectively, however solely two gamers can obtain that honor, which is why there is a voting course of to make the ultimate willpower. This time it simply did not go Lillard’s method.

The excellent news for the Blazers’ star man is that he’ll completely be going to the sport, and in the long term nobody actually remembers when you began, simply when you have been there or not. And he will probably be there.