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All-NBA: Paul George, Chris Paul among biggest snubs

All-NBA: Paul George, Chris Paul among biggest snubs
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May 18
18:462017

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George wasn't named to the All-NBA teams.(Photo: Brian Spurlock, USAT)The All-NBA teams were announced Thursday and most of the usual suspects made one of the three squads. Here are some of the top players who have an argument to be on one of the teams but didn't make it.GuardsDamian Lillard, Portland Trail BlazersSeems like we're constantly talking about Lillard in terms of not being appreciated. Having just completed his fifth season in the NBA, his scoring numbers have improved every season. He averaged 27 points and 5.9 assists. Fueled by the fact that he was snubbed for the All-Star team, Lillard led Portland to a strong 12-4 finish and the No. 8 seed in the West, but they were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the first round.Mike Conley, Memphis GrizzliesMaybe it's because he plays in Memphis, one of the smaller markets in the NBA. But it seems like Conley has never been appreciated by the masses. Last offseason, he signed a five-year, $153 million contract. He had solid numbers this season, 20.5 points and 6.3 assists, but his contributions go well beyond the numbers. He is the franchises all-time leader in points (10,050), assists (4,011) and made three-point shots (907).Chris Paul, Los Angeles ClippersHe has been one of the best guards in the NBA since he came into the league in 2005 and arguably could've been the MVP in 2008. Yes, he's now 32 and his numbers slipped this season — 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 1.2 steals — and played the fewest games of his career because of a thumb injury in January. But he still shot 48% from the floor and was big for the team when they won their final seven games of the season. This is the first time since 2010 he hasn't earned an All-NBA selection.Bradley Beal, Washington WizardsWe always thought Beal could be a great player if only he could stay healthy. This season, he showed us just how good. He scored 23.1 points and shot 48% from the floor. He and John Wall make up a formidable back court. Wall's ability to drive and kick out to such a good scorer in Beal was a big reason the Wizards were a game away from the Eastern Conference finals. He played in 77 games this season, the most of his career. If he can do that next season, Washington might be ready to take the next step in the playoffs.Kyle Lowry, Toronto RaptorsIn leading the Raptors to a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference, Lowry had the best statistical season of his 11-year career. He scored 22.4 points and had seven assists per game. He shot 41% from three-point range, up from a previous best 38% last season. He had a wrist injury that kept him out of 22 games and the Raptors were minus-3.5 points per 100 possessions vs. its opponents when he didn't play.

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