All-Star Snub? NBA Fans Cry Foul After Learning Devin Booker Omitted From 2020 NBA All-Star Roster

The NBA on Thursday evening released the names of its 14 reserves for the upcoming All-Star game, joining the 10 starters who had previously been named. It didn't take very long for basketball fans to sound off, but not for who made the team. It was mostly for one player who did not make the roster.

NBA fans quickly cried foul when they learned that Devin Booker was not on the team.

But first, here are the starters who were previously announced:

Eastern Conference Starters

* Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics

Trae Turner, Atlanta Hawks

Western Conference Starters

* LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

James Harden, Houston Rockets

* Team Captains

Antetokounmpo and James will select their starting five from the announced starters, and their selections do not have to be from their own conference. For example, James could select Trae Young from the Atlanta Hawks and Antetokounmpo could select James Harden from the Houston Rockets.

Here are the 14 All-Star reserves announced Thursday evening, per NBA.com:

  • Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
  • Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers
  • Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
  • Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
  • Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
  • Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
  • Kyle Lowery, Toronto Raptors
  • Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets

After James and Antetokounmpo select their starters, they will select their reserves on February 6.

The NBA All-Star Game 2020 will be held in Chicago on Valentine's Day weekend. Here are key dates for NBA All-Star Weekend 2020 in Chicago:

  • All-Star starters announced: Jan. 23
  • All-Star reserves announced: Jan. 30
  • All-Star Draft: Feb. 6
  • Rising Stars Challenge and Celebrity Game: Feb. 14
  • 3-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest: Feb. 15
  • NBA All-Star Game: Feb. 16

Once the reserves were announced Thursday night, fans sounded off through social media, saying Booker of the Phoenix Suns was a huge snub. Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards was another player who fans say was snubbed.

Here are what some of them said on Twitter.

Devin Booker and Bradley Beal were both not selected for the NBA All-Star Game... 🤔 pic.twitter.com/YosFjMwlcc

— Fanatics View (@fanaticsview) January 31, 2020

Wow NBA cmon, stop disrespecting Devin Booker he earned his right to the All -Star game. Wow unbelievable

— Tony Jefferson II (@_tonyjefferson) January 31, 2020

Devin Booker has not been selected to the All-Star Game.

The only other players in NBA history to average 27 PPG and 6 APG on 50% shooting in a season are LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Steph Curry and Oscar Robertson. pic.twitter.com/HW0PjHa6EL

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 31, 2020

Phoenix Suns GM James Jones has released a statement: “I’ve played with and against multiple All-Stars in this league and Devin Booker is undoubtedly an NBA All Star.”

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 31, 2020

Chris Paul (all star)
17/5/6

Gobert (all star)
15/14

Booker (not all star)
27/4/6

In what fucking world does this make any sense??

— ❄️📖 (@IcyBook) January 31, 2020

I lied, I didn't realize [redacted] & [redacted] was both on here over Devin Booker. Smh. Biggest snub in AS history.
1st Team All NBA now ... #BookEM https://t.co/BiHWBC9lmb

— 36 FOR THE 19.5 (@97HOV) January 31, 2020

Chicago last held the All-Star Game in 1988 at Chicago Stadium, which was one of the most notorious All-Star weekends in league history.

Larry Bird won the the 3-point shootout in dramatic fashion, hoisting the No.1 finger in the air as he launched the final red, white and blue basketball and walking away as the ball swooshed through the net for the long-range title.

Then, hometown favorite Michael Jordan won the Slam Dunk competition with his "fly from the free-throw line" dunk to beat Dominique Wilkins. Jordan went on to win the NBA All-Star Game's MVP that same year on his home court.

Devin Booker
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 20, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 120-118. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images