Russell Westbrook was robbed.
Last night the NBA announced the starters for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game, and everyone (including this writer) were shocked to see that Russell Westbrook was not among the Western Conference starters. He’s currently averaging a triple-double, something that has only been done by Oscar Robertson in the 1960s.
The debate over who should win the NBA MVP between Russell Westbrook and James Harden (who is starting in the ASG) is very real, but Steph Curry is simply not in consideration. The new voting system in which fan votes only accounted for 50% of the vote was supposed to fix this sort of problem, but it clearly did not.
Twitter exploded after the news broke, and everyone from casual fans to actual NBA players voiced their displeasure with the result. Check out a few of the responses below, as well as Steph Curry’s reaction to starting over Westbrook. We can’t wait to hear what Beastbrook has to say.
Triple-Doubles— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 20, 2017
All-Star starters (COMBINED)=19
Nobody deserves to start in the all star game over Russ.
Dude averaging a triple double and not starting in the all star game is wild.— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) January 20, 2017
The real reason Russell Westbrook wasn't voted an All-Star starter. pic.twitter.com/1tlHvm5fcN— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) January 20, 2017
When you see Russ is averaging a triple double and isn't an All-Star starter pic.twitter.com/naHoF9q7si— Eli ⚡️ (@WestbrookHQ) January 20, 2017
First people voted in Trump and now Steph Curry over Westbrook as starter in the All-Star game. Democracy has failed.— Zito (@_Zeets) January 19, 2017
russell westbrook didn't deserve to start in the all-star ga-- pic.twitter.com/soFURPyP9E— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) January 20, 2017
Steph Curry on learning he was an All-Star starter and the three-man race between he, Harden and Westbrook pic.twitter.com/lOQbSUl8vF— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 20, 2017