Paul Millsap got snubbed, no doubt about it.
The NBA on Thursday released the ballot for its annual All-Star Game and Millsap’s name was not on it.
Deron Williams’ was. So was Al Jefferson’s, Andrei Kirilenko’s and even center Mehmet Okur, who hasn’t even played yet this season, appeared on the list.
For that matter, even former teammate Carlos Boozer’s name appeared under the Eastern Conference forwards portion of the ballot.
But no Millsap.
I’ve got two thoughts here: No. 1, Millsap doesn’t seem to be the type who’s going to be overly concerned about being left of the ballot. And, No. 2., he can still make the team.
First things first. As Millsap said after Wednesday’s game, “My main thing is winning.” And when he says winning, he’s talking about helping the Jazz win games.
Surely fans, teammates and media like will recall the way Millsap recently helped the Jazz beat the Miami Heat with a career-high 46 points.
Perhaps the panel that selected names for the ballot forgot about that incredible effort.
But I’m guessing coaches around the NBA haven’t forgotten, which brings us to point No. 2. If he continues playing the way he has – averaging 21.5 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game – Millsap still can make the team come February.
Yes, Millsap’s name was left off the ballot, even though he was completely deserving of that honor. But, really now, the chances of him getting voted in by NBA fans around the world would have been minuscule anyway.
If you’re a Jazz fan, the best thing you can do is write-in Millsap’s name and continue to root for him during games.
I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see him selected as a Western Conference reserve.