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Channing Frye suggests All-NBA format change after Lillard first team snub

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Damian Lillard making the All-NBA second team raised some eyebrows.

He’s coming off a season averaging 28.8 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds and had to carry the Blazers for a chunk of the season without CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic, and the team landed as the No. 6 seed in the west.

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Lillard did everything he could, but Luka Doncic made it over him. Doncic got the nod because he received more votes as a guard than a forward.

Although if it were strictly just by votes, Lillard would’ve made it over Kawhi Leonard, who made the first team as a forward.

The selection created a stir on social media and led to Channing Frye suggesting on Talkin’ Blazers a new format.

“I think they should have two forwards and three guards,” Frye said.

Frye’s argument was to make the format similar to the All-Star game.

Despite his recommendation, Lillard still wouldn’t make the team because Nikola Jokic was a near-unanimous selection. 


The only way Lillard gets the nod is by total votes or strictly more first-team votes.