• LeBron James is befuddled with Devin Booker being left out
  • Jordan Clarkson deserves an All-Star nod for his remarkable 2020-21 season
  • Brandon Ingram could be a sensible replacement for Anthony Davis in the All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star reserves have been named, and it comes as no surprise that there are top names left on both sides.

But one player who most will agree deserves a spot is Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns. It was a tough call, given that there are a lot of stars.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers felt that Booker was one of the most disrespected players in the league, having been left out of the All-Star Game again.

Among the reserves named include:

  • Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
  • Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns
  • Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans

It should be noted that on that list, LeBron James’ teammate Davis is questionable. He is currently nursing an injury and will likely be replaced.

That could be Booker’s cue, but most know that it is different if you are voted in originally.

Aside from James, other starters for the West All-Stars are Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Kawhi Leonard for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Other than Booker, there are a lot of other notable names in the NBA Western Conference that did not make the grade. Here are some of them.

DeMar DeRozan San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs in action against the Miami Heat during the first half of the preseason game at American Airlines Arena on October 08, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Mark Brown/Getty Images

DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs

DeMar DeRozan has been quietly performing well, a reason why the San Antonio Spurs are in the middle of the Western Conference.

Averaging 19.8 points, 6.9 assists, and five rebounds, there is no question that the 31-year-old is one of the NBA players that deserved a spot to play in the All-Star Game.

Brandon Ingram of New Orleans Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - MARCH 06: Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts against the Miami Heat during a game at the Smoothie King Center on March 06, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans

Brandon Ingram continues to elevate his game since breaking out with the New Orleans Pelicans last year. He is averaging 23.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists for the Pels, numbers that are not far from what he produced last season.

Could he be considered as a replacement for Anthony Davis?

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Rodions Kurucs of the Brooklyn Nets
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in action against Rodions Kurucs #00 of the Brooklyn Nets Mike Stobe | Getty Images

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder

One player who made sense was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He is undoubtedly the top dog now for the Oklahoma City Thunder, a young player who has been making big strides.

He is averaging 24.2 points, 6.9 assists, and 5.5 rebounds, numbers that are more than impressive. Regardless, he will have more options moving forward for as long as he continues his steady improvement.

Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz
Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz Getty Images | Ashley Landis - Pool

Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz already have Mitchell and Gobert in the mix, but one player who deserves a spot as well is Jordan Clarkson.

The Fil-American has been having a great season, one of the unsung heroes for head coach Quin Snyder. He has been averaging 18.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, notable jumps from his career averages.

The 28-year-old deserves an All-Star spot, but that opportunity may not be for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

Depending on the health status of the players, changes are expected. But if one is to consider a replacement for Davis, a wise choice would be a big man.

Then again, that would all depend if Snyder feels that his group has more than enough talent to compete with the East.

The NBA All-Star game maybe only for bragging rights, so the choice on who to replace the Lakers big man falls at the hands of Snyder who will call the shots for Team LeBron.