The NBA announced its All-Star reserves last night, and many deserving names were chosen, but only 24 spots means there are always five or ten potential All Stars who are snubbed. It’s practically NBA tradition at this point for those guys to show up huge their next game out, so let’s find some high-potential snubs and build our Wednesday roster around them!
SG/SF Devin Booker PHX $8.5K vs Indiana
Booker is not really an All-Star snub in the loaded West, but you can tell from his tweets that he thinks otherwise. He’s really stepped his game up in his third season and looks fully recovered from that early season injury, with a 26/4/6 line in 12 games since returning. He’ll be looking to bounce back from an ugly 2/14 shooting night against Milwaukee and should be gunning for attention in a high-scoring game.
PG/SG Lou Williams LAC $8.1K vs Boston
Sweet Lou got a lot of late All-Star momentum talk but didn’t quite make the cut, and it’s a real shame for a guy who’s been absolutely blazing of late, averaging almost 30 points and four threes a game over the last 16. He’s slowing down a bit now but gets a worn-down Boston team on a back to back after a night enjoying L.A. nightlife, so he could put up another monster point total.
PG Kemba Walker CHA $8K vs New Orleans
The Hornets are projected to have Wednesday’s highest point total by Vegas standards, and Kemba Walker may be as big of an All-Star snub as there is. He’s being brought down by poor teammate play and is probably looking to showcase some big numbers as his name runs all over the league in the Trade Machine. He’s had five 30-point games this year and has a tasty matchup against Rajon Rondo.
PG/SF Ben Simmons PHI $7.6K vs Chicago
Simmons was a rookie All-Star snub, and you can bet Joel Embiid is eager to help him prove the skeptics wrong. Simmons’s scoring has slowed down some after a torrid start but still has a 16/5/6/2/1 line over the last eight games, so he’s still filling up the box score. Chicago is worst in the league defending point guards, so Simmons is a major Wednesday bargain.
PG/SG Zach LaVine CHI $5.3K vs Philadelphia
LaVine is still working his way back from a torn ACL. He’s not exactly a dunk contest “snub” with his injury, but he’s technically still the two-time defending dunk champion and you can bet he’d like to show everyone he’s still got game. LaVine played 24 minutes in his most recent game against the Pelicans, responding with a season-high 19 points. He’s effectively playing bench minutes right now but is scoring in bunches.
C Alex Len PHX $4.5K vs Indiana
Listen, the bottom part of our lineup is not going to excite anyone very much, but that’s the price you pay when you stack the top. We’re just looking for solid production now and we need a big man, and Len fits the bill. He’s quietly had a very solid season and has seen an uptick in minutes of late, averaging a steady 8/8/2 line over the past four games with 22.3 fantasy points per game. That includes a 12/10/3 line against these Pacers ten days ago, and with Myles Turner likely out again, Len should keep on producing.
SG/SF Tyrone Wallace LAC $4.4K vs Boston
The Clippers continue to stay in the playoff hunt despite playing a roster full of no-name guys, and Wallace is the latest to fill in admirably. The 23-year-old rookie was signed earlier this month and has found himself a place in the starting lineup, averaging 12/4/2 with a steal and a block in 32 minutes per game. Two years ago he was the last pick in the NBA draft, and now he’s starting on a playoff team and averaging a healthy 23 fantasy points per game. What a world!
SF/PF Darius Miller NOP $3.5K vs Charlotte
Miller rounds out our lineup as one of today’s bargain plays. The Pelicans play in today’s highest Vegas over/under line, so this is just getting a piece of that action for a guy with double digit points in three straight. He’s played 34 minutes a game in that stretch with a tidy 13/6 line and could find himself putting up numbers again Wednesday against a Hornets team that is the worst in the league defending forwards.