Voting for the NBA All-Star game starters has come to an end and with such a deep talent of guards in the NBA, it wasn't surprising to see Isaiah Thomas not being named a starter. However, it was very surprising to see guards like Jeremy Lin ahead of Thomas in the voting. Thomas has voiced his displeasure of being overlooked in the All-Star voting but also detailed that he's always been considered an underdog. Via Jay King of MassLive.com:
"So I'm not going to lie, I do see it. I don't (get frustrated) because the voting is a popularity contest. No disrespect but you've got guys like Jeremy Lin getting a lot of votes. I can't do nothing about that. It is what it is when it comes to the voting part. But hopefully the coaches give it to me."
"Put my numbers up against anybody in the NBA and they're right there. It's only questionable because I'm 5-9," Thomas said. "Like I keep saying, that's the only question about it. If I was 6-foot, there wouldn't be no consideration about how I'd be in there. But I'm going to do my part.
Thomas also added that many players around the league have told him that he deserves to be an All-Star this year:
Thomas said Paul George, George Hill and Derrick Rose are among the opponents who have told him he deserves to appear in his first All-Star Game.
"I think I should," Thomas agreed. "But I've been gypped all my life. So I don't try to – I don't guarantee anything because I've always been let down. But at the same time, hopefully they respect me enough to put me in there. And we'll go from there. If not I'm going to keep pushing, I'm going to keep grinding and do my part."
I think most people would agree that Thomas is definitely deserving of an All-Star nod this year. Given how important he is to the Celtics' success and his improved play, the star point guard has garnered the attention of many coaches and players around the league. Obviously guys like Jeremy Lin, who doesn't even start in Charlotte, are gaining votes through sheer popularity.
With so many talented guards in the NBA, it's easy to see why Thomas might sometimes be overlooked. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Reggie Jackson, and Thomas are all in the Eastern Conference and that likely explains why the talented guard might not be getting a lot of votes. Rest assured Celtics Nation, Thomas will more than likely be in the All-Star game. Coaches and players around the league recognize how great he's been and that should definitely help him to be selected as a reserve in a few weeks.
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