For the second straight season, an Orlando Magic player could be considered a "snub" for the NBA's All-Star game.
On Thursday, the league formally announced the reserves for both the Eastern and Western conference's, and the Magic's Nikola Vucevic was not one of the seven players names to the Eastern Conference team. Vucevic was considered by many as a player who deserved to make his first All-Star team, thanks in large part to his big numbers he's put up, most notably over the last month. Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Jeff Teague were selected as the seven reserves. Wade will miss the game due to injury, so, Vucevic still has a chance of sorts.
In 13 games in January, the fourth-year center has averaged 22.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game on 55.5 percent shooting. Over the course of the month, Vucevic has scored 20 points or more eight times, including three 30 point games. Vucevic also set his career high of 34, doing so twice against the Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks.
Even though Vucevic did not make it, the Magic will still be represented at All-Star weekend. Guards Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton will both play for the United States side in the Rising Stars Challenge, with Oladipo also participating in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.