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NBA All-Star Game 2017: Was Russell Westbrook the biggest snub among starters?

NBA All-Star Game 2017: Was Russell Westbrook the biggest snub among starters?

It would be impossible to please everyone in determining the 2017 NBA All-Star Game starting lineups.

Fans in Washington are going to be clamoring over John Wall's exclusion from the Eastern Conference's starting five, a result of a poor showing among fan voting, which contribute to 50 percent of the final tally.

But the biggest snub from Thursday's announced lineups most will point out is that of Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who was left out in favor of Stephen Curry and James Harden. Nothing against those guys, but what Westbrook is doing this season so far is extremely rare.

Through 44 games, Westbrook is averaging a triple-double with 30.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. His 30.6 scoring average leads the NBA.

Westbrook is on pace to be only the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a full season. The other was Oscar Robertson, who accomplished the historic feat back in 1961-62. That's a span of 55 years.

Westbrook has led his Thunder team to a 25-19 record, which ranks seventh in the West. That's impressive considering his running mate, Kevin Durant, departed in free agency this past summer to join the Golden State Warriors. 

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Harden and Curry are also having very good seasons. Harden may very well win the MVP award with his Rockets team currently surprising everyone at 33-12 and third in the West. But what Westbrook is doing could put him in extremely selective company.

The NBA All-Star voting for starters included a 50 percent share of fan voting, 25 percent from media votes and another 25 percent from players. The All-Star reserves will be released next Thursday, Jan. 26.

Here are the full starting lineups for the 2017 All-Star Game:

EAST

PG Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
SG DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
SF Jimmy Butler, Bulls
SF LeBron James, Cavaliers
PG/SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

WEST

PG Stephen Curry, Warriors
PG James Harden, Rockets
SF Kevin Durant, Warriors
SF Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
PF/C Anthony Davis, Pelicans

[RELATED: Possible silver lining to Wizards' Wall, Beal not making All-Star starters]

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Jeff Green hopes recent playoff success can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green hopes recent playoff success can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green's basketball résumé got a significant boost this spring and summer as his Cleveland Cavaliers marched all the way to the NBA Finals before they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. It was Green's first time going past the second round of the playoffs and the experience, he says, was invaluable.

Green has come about as close to winning a championship without actually winning one and he certainly hopes to get back in that position. Green believes his new team, the Washington Wizards, have the tools to make a deep playoff run and it's one of the reasons why he signed a free agent deal to join them.

"Being there last year myself with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot. It takes a lot of pieces. I feel like this team has them," he said. "We can get back to that point. When I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for myself to get there."

The Wizards' franchise has not been past the second round of the playoffs since 1979, when they were known as the Bullets. That was before anyone on their roster was born.

But Green pointed to the open Eastern Conference and the talent on the roster as reasons to believe they can accomplish some things that they haven't in decades. They may be capable, but putting it all together is easier said than done.

Green hopes to be one of the glue guys necessary for the Wizards to reach their potential, in part by sharing the lessons he learned.

"Never take it for granted. There are a lot of greats that have never been there," he said. "Getting to the Finals and being part of that was beyond amazing. With the experience and seeing what it took, I can bring that here and get everybody on the same page of knowing what it takes and the sacrifices that you have to do to get to that point."

Green over and over mentioned how it takes a collective effort to go to the conference finals and beyond, but he did show some self-awareness and a sense of humor about his own experience in Cleveland. All teams are different and the one he just left was a unique situation.

"You can’t get there individually. I mean, you can, we did last year. I mean, LeBron [James] carried us all the way there," he joked. "But there’s only one LeBron, but to get there you have to have team unity. You all have to be on the same page and sacrifice to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing… unless you’re LeBron."

If the Wizards are to reach their goals and go to the conference finals or the NBA Finals, they will have to do it differently than the Cavaliers did. They do not have a player on the level of James who can do much of it by himself. But Green said the process of imparting his wisdom has already started.

"I talked to John [Wall]," Green said. "Knowing that he wants to get to the Finals, I was just picking his brain and what he thinks is needed to get there. And me sharing my experience of getting to the Finals and what it takes."

The Wizards have reached a point as an organization where they have urgency to reach new heights. Green believes he can help them get there.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: John Wall goes 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, celebrity softball and the Summer League

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: John Wall goes 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, celebrity softball and the Summer League

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, John Wall went 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, the celebrity softball game and the Summer League.

Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the parallels between Wall and Harper and why Wall has chosen to stay loyal to Washington in his own contract decisions. Plus, can the Wizards really tone down the talking this season?

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!