Mavs' Kyrie Irving Snubbed From NBA All-Star Reserves Amidst Injury-Plagued Season

Photo: Instagram/Kyrie Irving

Notably absent from the list of Western Conference reserves announced by the NBA for the upcoming 2024 All-Star Game was Dallas Mavericks' star Kyrie Irving, in a surprising turn of events.

Despite boasting eight All-Star appearances, Irving's multiple injury setbacks this season likely impacted the coaches' decision.

The Western Conference reserves, including Devin Booker, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Karl-Anthony Towns, were selected based on a combination of positions – two guards, two frontcourt players, and two wild-card spots.

Photo: Instagram/Kyrie Irving

Irving, currently averaging 25.2 points, 5.3 assists, and 5.1 rebounds in 27 games, missed a significant portion of the Mavs' 48 games due to injuries.

Irving's voting standings reflected his challenging season, finishing seventh in player votes, fourth among fans, and sixth among media within Western Conference guards. Despite the setback, Irving emphasized earlier in the season that his focus lies on the team's success rather than personal accolades.

Teammate Luka Doncic secured his fifth All-Star appearance and fourth consecutive starting position, showcasing impressive stats with an average of 34.7 points, 9.6 assists, and 8.6 rebounds in 40 games. Notably, last season, the Mavs boasted two All-Star starters, with Irving earning the honor before joining the team via trade.

In a positive twist for the Mavericks, rookie Dereck Lively II will represent the team in the Rising Stars Challenge, marking the first time a rookie from the organization has been selected for this event since Doncic's debut season. The exhibition game features standout first and second-year players, adding an exciting element to the Mavs' representation at the All-Star festivities. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

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