Each year, the debate rages after the All-Star reserves are announced.
That debate is circulated around the guys who missed out. The Snubs. Those that should feel hard done by.
In the end, only seven players from each conference can be selected to a reserve spot in the All-Star game, so let's take a look at some of the guys who can feel justifiably hard done by.
We head to Phoenix to find the player who could feel as unlucky as any to miss out on an All-Star jersey in 2020.
Averaging 27.1 points and 6.4 assists per game on 63.4 percent true shooting, Booker is once again putting together a monster season for a Suns team striving to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Booker has been a scoring machine, racking up three 40+ point scoring games already, including a season-high 44 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in a seven-point win over the New Orleans Pelicans in early December.
The Suns are 20-27 on the season, 3.5 games out of the eighth seed at the time of writing.
Phoenix General Manager, James Jones, chimed in shortly after the reserves were announced, with the following statement in regards to his star guard.
Phoenix Suns GM James Jones has released a statement: "I've played with and against multiple All-Stars in this league and Devin Booker is undoubtedly an NBA All-Star."- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 31, 2020
Ultimately, the old saying that 'availability is the best ability' rang true for George, with the six-time All-Star suiting up just 26 times to the night of the reserves being revealed.
George missed the first 11 games of the season as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, and has now missed ten of the last eleven games through injury.
The Clippers hold a 19-7 record on the season, with the versatile forward averaging 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists overall.
The 29-year-old scored a season-high 46 points in a win over Minnesota and has topped 30 points on five other occasions.
The 2020 All-Star game will be the first one without George since 2015 when he played just six games on the season.
George is a bonafide All-Star in a league, after all, he was genuinely in the MVP conversation last year before the shoulder injury took its toll, but he simply hasn't played enough to gain selection above those who made it.
The Minnesota Timberwolves season has spiraled out of control after a promising start, although, the strong play of their franchise big man has continued, with Karl-Anthony Towns putting up monster numbers across the board.
Towns is averaging a career-high 26.9 points per game, while also hauling in 10.7 rebounds per game. His 4.2 assists per game are also a career-best, and oh yeah, he's also drilling 41 percent of his tries from beyond the arc on a staggering 8.2 attempts per game.
Towns is the ONLY player in the league averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds while also hitting over 40 percent from deep.
Similar to George, games missed is certainly a factor here, with the big man only appearing in 30 of the Wolves 47 games thus far.
Minnesota's lowly 15-32 record also hurt.
The Washington Wizards have struggled mightily so far this season, despite the stellar play of guard, Bradley Beal.
Beal ranks sixth in the league for scoring, averaging 28.6 points per game, while also adding 6.3 assists.
15 points in the first quarter for Bradley Beal.#WizHornets | @RealDealBeal23 pic.twitter.com/O2mKf4Zu2e- Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 31, 2020
The two-time All-Star's hopes of making a third showcase were dented when Trae Young was voted in as a starter in the East, with the Wizards poor record likely working against him as the coaches look to reward winning squads.
Young is the only All-Star on a losing team from those selected in the East, and Wizards 15-31 record is likely the cause of Beal missing out.
He's unlucky, but the reason is valid.
This one may raise some eyebrows but stick with me here.
The Milwaukee Bucks are on pace to become the third team in NBA history to win 70 games.
How on earth are we about to have almost 50 wins before All Star and we don't have 3 All Stars in the game???? @EBled2 is an All Star!- Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) January 31, 2020
The most recent example of this came in 2016, when the 73-win Golden State Warriors team had three All-Stars in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Back in 1996, the 72-win Chicago Bulls only had two with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Before dismissing Bledsoe based on his season averages of 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists, you must take note of the fact he is only playing 26 minutes per game, as the Milwaukee Bucks historic point differential allows Mike Budenholzer to continuously manage his key players minute load.
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As the table above shows, if we are basing All-Star credentials based on raw stats, then the Bucks' league-wide dominance has arguably cost Bledsoe an All-Star berth.
Do the 41-6 Bucks deserve a third All-Star?
You could certainly make the case for Bledsoe.
Brown has put together an impressive season for the Celtics this season, and the debate coming in was which young Celtic wing would get the nod from the coaches: Brown or Jayson Tatum.
The coaches selected Tatum to his first All-Star game, which squeezed out Brown's shot at a berth.
Brown is averaging 20.1 points and 6.6 rebounds, both career-highs, while also shooting a tidy 39 percent from beyond the arc.
The 23-year-old has also produced defensively, often charge with the opposition's most dangerous wing player.
The Celtics are currently 31-15, good for fourth in the East, and perhaps having three-All-Star selections while the 70-win pace Milwaukee Bucks only had two was a stretch too far for the voters.