By: Ashley Conley
The statistically dominant Russell Westbrook has been left out of the NBA All-Star Western Conference starting lineup and the Internet is totally unimpressed.
Russell Westbrook not being voted an All-Star starter is the biggest voting disaster in American history.
— Andy Ruther (@AndyRuther) January 20, 2017
Russell Westbrook received more player AND media votes than both Harden & Curry. Not a starter because of the fan voting. Unreal.
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) January 20, 2017
According to an ESPN article authored by senior writer Bryan Windhorst, Stephen Curry (who received more fan votes than any other player) will start over Westbrook because the NBA doesn’t want to disappoint Curry’s trendy fan base by snubbing him as a starter.
— Nate Levine (@NateDaGreat_23) January 20, 2017
Westbrook placed third in fan voting, but first in both media voting and player voting. However, fan votes make up 50 percent of the end result while media and player voting only make up 25 percent. So, it technically makes sense, but just doesn’t seem right. Westbrook’s NBA peers were baffled.
How can Russell Westbrook, average 30ppg, 10rpg & 10apg and not be a starter in the @NBAAllStar Game?!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 21, 2017
All-Star starters (COMBINED)=19
Nobody deserves to start in the all star game over Russ.
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 20, 2017
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) January 20, 2017
Oklahoma City’s starting point guard averages a triple-double (yes, you read that right). In fact, he has 22 total triple-doubles so far this season which is nine more than any other player.
Since the Thunder suffered the departure of another All-Star in Kevin Durant (who went to Golden State to join Curry and the Warriors), Westbrook’s consistency may be the only thing guiding them to an above .500 record halfway through January.
Westbrook leads the league in PPG with just over 30. Curry averages 24 PPG, which is down from his previous season average of just over 30. Oddly enough, Westbrook averaged 24 last season.
Is it just me or does Westbrook always get the short end of the stick?
HOW TF IS WESTBROOK NOT STARTING?!!! CURRY COULDNT AVERAGE A TRIPLE DOUBLE EVER…
— Kristopher London (@IamKrisLondon) January 20, 2017
Even NFL starting quarterback Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders expressed thoughts on the situation.
How is Russell Westbrook not an all star starter!? He is playing out of his mind.
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 19, 2017
The best reaction of them all had to be that of Russell Westbrook himself.
Russell Westbrook didn’t appear to be phased by the All-Star starting 5 snub. pic.twitter.com/24WKi74l7s
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 21, 2017
NBA.com released the official list of All-Star starters last week. Starting for the Eastern Conference is DeMar DeRozan (Toronto), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), LeBron James (Cleveland), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) and Jimmy Butler (Chicago). Starting for the Western Conference is Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Kevin Durant (Golden State), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Anthony Davis (New Orleans) and James Harden (Houston).
If Westbrook’s ability to rank among the league’s best while playing through adversity on a regular basis is indicative of how the All-Star game will go, watching him come off the bench on February 19 is something you won’t want to miss.
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Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy.