The starters for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game were announced Thursday night.
Before we get started unpacking who should be on the roster, who should be starting and who could be the biggest snubs of the year, let's take a quick look at the 10 players who were voted to start:
Now let's take a closer look at each conference and how the rest of the All-Star selection process might shake out. We'll also list some notable potential snubs who are arguably deserving of All-Star nods but could miss out to fierce competition.
Eastern Conference Starters
This played out as expected based on the early voting returns, and it's hard to argue against any of these guys being on the All-Star team.
At surface level, the biggest snub appears to be Jimmy Butler, who is averaging 20.3 points, 7 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his first season with the Miami Heat.
Is he deserving of a spot over Joel Embiid or Pascal Siakam, though?
Projected East Reserves
Here's a look at our projected Eastern Conference reserves:
G Ben Simmons, 76ers
G Bradley Beal, Wizards
F Bam Adabeyo, Heat
F Jimmy Butler, Heat
F Khris Middleton, Bucks
F Domantas Sabonis, Pacers
F Jayson Tatum, Celtics
The guard options in the East are fairly thin, so there's a good chance the bench will be made up of five frontcourt players.
That would leave two spots for Ben Simmons, Bradley Beal, Kyle Lowry and comeback story Derrick Rose, among other guard options, so expect two of those guys to wind up among the biggest snubs.
Snubs: Andre Drummond (DET), Kyle Lowry (TOR), Derrick Rose (DET)
In the second season of a two-year, $15 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, Rose is putting up his best numbers in nearly a decade. His points per game (18.5) and assists per game (5.9) are both his highest totals in those categories since the 2011-12 season, while his field-goal percentage (.497) is a career-best.
After finishing fourth on the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game last year, Kyle Lowry is once again a focal point of the Toronto Raptors offense. He's averaging 20.0 points per game for a 30-14 team.
Western Conference Starters
Really hard to argue with any of these guys being in the starting lineup.
Projected West Reserves
Here's a look at our projected Western Conference reserves:
G Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
G Chris Paul, Thunder
G Russell Westbrook, Rockets
F Paul George, Clippers
F Rudy Gobert, Jazz
F Brandon Ingram, Pelicans
F Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
Will Devin Booker finally make his first All-Star Game?
Has rookie Ja Morant shown enough to be part of the conversation?
Will Brandon Ingram be rewarded for his breakout season with the Pelicans?
There are a lot of compelling storylines in the Western Conference and plenty of potential for people to be outraged over perceived snubs.
Snubs: Devin Booker (PHO), Donovan Mitchell (UTA), Ja Morant (MEM), Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)
Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns are currently tied for eighth in the NBA in scoring at 26.5 points per game. Towns has been an All-Star each of the past two seasons, while Booker is still looking for his first nod. The two were also teammates on the 2014-15 Kentucky team.
Rookie standout Ja Morant is averaging 17.5 points, 7.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. That may not be enough to win him a spot over a number of quality guard options in the West, but he's taken the league by storm.
All stats courtesy of Basketball Reference, unless otherwise noted.