Ranking the Top 10 Snubs From the 2016-17 All-NBA Teams


The All-NBA teams for 2016-17 season were announced on Thursday and, of course, there was controversy surrounding it. Several star players were left off from the three teams, with some questionable decisions as well.

Some franchises are going to end up screwed due to these selections by the media members. It's not the first time star players have been snubbed, such as Houston Rockets star James Harden not making any of the All-NBA teams last year.

With that, let's take a look at the top 10 snubs left off the 2016-17 All-NBA teams.

10. Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors


Stats: 22.4 PPG, 7 APG, 4.8 RPG, 22.92 PER, 46.4% FG, 41.2% 3PT

Lowry had a pretty solid season with the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan may have been the leading scorer for the team, but the Raptors definitely showed they needed Lowry when he missed 22 games this season with a wrist injury.

Lowry is last on the list among the snubs, because it is really hard to make a case for him over any of the point guards who made any of the All-NBA teams. There's no way he's going to get picked over the likes of Isaiah Thomas and John Wall. 

9. Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards 


Stats: 23.1 PPG, 3.5 APG, 3.1 RPG, 20.21 PER 48.2% FG, 40.4% 3PT

Bradley Beal played very well this season, and showed that he and John Wall make a case for one of the best backcourts in the NBA. Beal also managed to stay healthy, missing only five games. He's a scoring machine. 

However, it's hard to determine where he would be on the All-NBA list. He could have joined Wall on the Third Team, replacing someone like DeRozan. But DeRozan's stats do just enough to put him over Beal on this. 

8. Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers


Stats: 25.2 PPG, 5.8 APG, 3.2 RPG, 23.09 PER, 47.3% FG, 40.1% 3PT

Kyrie averaged a career-high in points per game this season, but it wasn't enough to place the Cavs guard on any of the All-NBA teams. But it make sense.

Irving scored more points per game than John Wall, who made the Third Team, but the Wizards star had more assists. You could make a case against Isaiah Thomas, but he averaged more points per game. 

It won't matter to Kyrie though, as he looks like he is on his way to playing in his third straight NBA Finals. 

7. Chris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers


Stats: 18.1 PPG, 9.2 APG, 5 RPG, 26.25 PER, 47.6% FG, 41.1% 3PT

CP3 would be way higher on this list, but he missed a ton of games this season and his numbers dropped compared to last season. However, he's still the heart and soul of the Clippers, which showed in the playoffs. You could make a legit case for him over IT4 and Wall, though. 

6. Mike Conley, PG, Memphis Grizzlies


Stats: 20.5 PPG, 6.3 APG, 3.5 RPG, 23.26 PER, 45.9% FG, 40.7% 3PT

Conley had career-highs in points and shooting from the field and beyond-the-arc, but it wasn't enough to garner enough votes to any of the All-NBA teams. 

It's probably hard for media members to determine Conley's value, since he has so many intangibles that don't show up in the box score. Maybe that $153 million contract was a factor, but the way he played against the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs shows he makes a case.  

5. Gordon Hayward, SF, Utah Jazz


Stats: 21.9 PPG, 3.5 APG, 5.4 RPG, 22.23 PER, 47.1% FG, 39.8% 3PT

Gordon Hayward had a career-high in points per game while also leading the Jazz to their best record and run since he's been with the team. His teammate, Rudy Gobert, got a nod on the Second Team, so it was surprising that Hayward didn't make any of the All-NBA teams.

With Hayward being snubbed, there will be consequences. He is no longer eligible for $207 million max, which could lead him going to a team like the Boston Celtics this summer.

4. Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers


Stats: 27 PPG, 5.9 APG, 4.9 RPG, 24.15 PER, 44.4% FG, 37% 3PT

Damian Lillard always seems to be getting snubbed, whether it's All-NBA or All-Star. He can't seem to catch a break. Despite a career-high in points per game, Lillard couldn't get an All-NBA bid. 

Lillard willed the Blazers to end the season, finishing 12-4 to clinch the eighth seed in the Western Conference. However, his team underperformed compared to last season and they also got swept by the Warriors (but that's definitely not his fault). 

Lillard would easily get All-NBA First Team among players who rap, though. 

3. DeMarcus Cousins, C, New Orleans Pelicans


Stats: 27 PPG, 11 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 25.84 PER, 45.2% FG, 36.1% 3PT

Cousins is one of the most dominant big men in the league right now, so it was surprising to see him left off the All-NBA list, especially since teammate Anthony Davis made the First Team. 

Cousins' numbers did drop after being traded from the Sacramento Kings, which is understandable. However, the Pelicans still struggled after the trade. Expect Cousins to make the team again, especially if New Orleans turns into a playoff-contender again. 

2. Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers


Stats: 23.7 PPG, 3.3 APG, 6.6 RPG, 20.30 PER, 46.1% FG, 39.3% 3PT

I am shocked Paul George did not make any of the All-NBA teams. I definitely would have picked him over Jimmy Butler and/or DeMar DeRozan. The way George closed out this season, he should have gotten at least the Third or Second Team honors. 

Seeing how PG performed in the playoffs compared to his counterparts shows how important he is to the Pacers, and how big of a star he truly is. 

With him being snubbed, he is no longer eligible for the $207 million max with Indy this summer. Don't be surprised if he ends up on a team like the Celtics or Lakers in the future.

1. Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves


Stats: 25.1 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 26 PER, 54.2% FG, 36.7% 3PT

With the stats alone, I don't know how KAT did not make any of the All-NBA teams. He makes the case to even being on the First Team over Anthony Davis. He most definitely should've gotten the nod over Rudy Gobert and DeAndre Jordan. 

I don't think this snub should happen ever again, and the chances will decrease as long as KAT keeps up his production and Minnesota ends up being a playoff-contender. 

Maybe the media members couldn't believe how good someone could be in only their second season. 

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