The Sacramento Kings had a sole hope for representation on the 2018 NBA All-Star roster, and that hope was Jack Cooley. Cooley, currently on a two-way contract for the Kings, has the numbers to support his case. With an offensive rating of 173.6, and a defensive rating of 0.0, Cooley’s 173.6 net rating is significantly higher than traditional vote-getters like Steph Curry, LeBron James, or James Harden.
Cooley is averaging an absurd 45 points per 36 minutes, along with 22.5 rebounds and 22.5 assists per 36. For the year, Cooley has a plus/minus of +112.5. Critics will point to a lack of games played, but that argument didn’t keep Joel Embiid out of the starting lineup in the East.
The more we look at the numbers, the more outrageous it is that Cooley was left out of the starting lineup. I know that the All-Star game is just a popularity contest, but it’s still frustrating to see a worthy player get snubbed.
We’ll now wait to see if the coaches correct this mistake by naming Cooley to the reserves.
Kosta Koufos also received a single vote, while Zach Randolph received 5 votes. But those are just silly.