The Miami Heat hold the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. But that wasn’t enough to get Goran Dragic (or anyone else on the Heat) on the All-Star team, as the NBA announced the reserves today.
The East reserves, as I've been told…— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) January 23, 2018
Kyle Lowry, Bradley Beal, John Wall, Kevin Love, Kristaps Porzingis, Victor Oladipo, Al Horford
Heat not just only team among top top 8 in Eastern Conference without an All-Star, but also only team in top 15 in NBA without one.— Tom D'Angelo (@tomdangelo44) January 24, 2018
Out of anyone on the Heat, Dragic stood the best chance of making the All-Star team. Hassan Whiteside had missed too many games. Dragic commented on the snub on his Twitter account, noting that he can vacation in Miami over All-Star weekend.
— Goran Dragić (@Goran_Dragic) January 23, 2018
The All-Star Game itself is meaningless, but fans and pundits bring up All-Star selections when debating NBA players. Although Dragic has made the All-NBA Third Team, he’s never made an All-Star team. Leading a band of, as Zach Lowe put it, “good, B-plus NBA players” to a home-court advantage playoff seeding despite a plethora of injuries presented a pretty strong case. Apparently for the voters, statistics matter more than winning.