All-Star voters elected not to send Anthony Davis to a second consecutive start in the Western Conference lineup.
NBA All-Star voting concluded on Thursday night and Davis wasn’t even close to being one of the top-three vote receivers in the West frontcourt, garnering just 400,688 votes, finishing ninth in the West.
Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard were named frontcourt starters, alongside guards Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.
Davis is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game, but it wasn’t enough to win the popularity side of the contest, with the Pelicans struggling to a 14-27 record midway through the season.
The looming effect of the voters’ choice is that it could potentially cost Davis from reaching the threshold necessary to reach the “Derrick Rose Rule” in his contract extension signed this offseason.
If Davis fails to make the postseason All-NBA team (first, second or third versions), his salary will drop from 30 percent of the cap to 25 percent, which could cost him as much as $25 million over the next five years.
He’s still likely to reach the All-Star Game when the league’s coaches vote on the reserves.
“I would be (disappointed if Davis isn’t named a starter),” Gentry said prior to the announcement. “That’s kind of part of it. What has happened this year, is it’s the year of Kobe for sure and he’s going to get a ton of votes. I just think to play in the game is an honor…I think AD will be fine.”