The Western Conference All Star reserves were just announced on TNT, and Clippers’ forward Tobias Harris was not among the seven names selected. Harris was seen as the likeliest All Star candidate on the Clippers, as he has been their leading scorer and rebounder this season, and is close to a mythical 50/40/90 slash line.
However, the coaching ballot went with historical production over current value, as they named: Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, LaMarcus Aldridge, Klay Thompson, and Anthony Davis. Most of these players are better than Harris, but Klay Thompson has been unspectacular (outside of a few outbursts) for a Warriors team that has been excellent but only picked up steam over the past month. Aldridge is borderline, as well, though I think he had a fairly solid AS case this season.
Nonetheless, this is a disappointment for Harris and the Clippers, as the team campaigned for him fairly hard to get a nomination, and it seemed like he would be able to squeak in due to the Clippers’ success. Him missing out for Klay is a definite snub, though Rudy Gobert also missed the ballot, and he has an even stronger case for making the team than Tobi.
There will probably be an injury replacement for Anthony Davis, so Tobias could get in there. However, I’d guess that Gobert is the next man up.