Kemba Walker has been left off the 2016 All-Star team per a tweet from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the official announcement on TNT just moments ago.
East reserves are: Millsap, Bosh, Butler, Wall, Thomas, Drummond and DeRozan.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) January 28, 2016
The player that most likely made the All-Star game over Walker was Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas. Both have very similar numbers this season, and are the clear leaders of their respective teams. However, the Celtics have a much better record than the Hornets, and that could have been the tie breaker that sealed the deal in Thomas favor.
Walker is averaging career highs across the board this season with 20 points, five assists, and four rebounds while shooting 42 percent from the floor. He's an uptick in efficiency this year thanks to a career high 36 percent shooting from 3-point range, and his True Shooting percentage, sitting at 54, reflects that increase. Walker has also been on an absolute tear in the month of January scoring 52 points in one game, and 40 in another. It's a shame that he won't be making this year's team.
That said, it's understandable why Walker wasn't elected by coaches to be on the All-Star team. He's already off to a disadvantage when looking at the plethora of guards the East will be sending this year that have earned that honor such as John Wall and DeMar DeRozan. This left Walker with his best chance at making the team being one of the wild card spots, and in for that he was in a close race with Reggie Jackson and Thomas. All three point guards have had great seasons, and any one of them making the team is hard to argue against. Obviously, we wanted Walker to be on the team, but considering the field he was up against it makes sense why he would be passed over.