Former Celtics star Paul Pierce blasts the NBA on their All-NBA selection criteria, talks about Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell getting snubbed
The All-NBA teams were announced yesterday. There wasn’t much attention paid to those, thanks to Kevin Durant and his magical 49 points in 48 minutes. Later when people actually read into the All-NBA lists, there was a lot of noise around them. The All-NBA teams had some expected names, but there were a lot of names, that were missing off the list.
2020-2021 All-#NBA Teams
First: Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard
Second: Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, LeBron James
— The Daily Goat (@the_dailygoat) June 16, 2021
While some names were assumed to be on the list, the absence of quite a few names raised a lot of outrage in the NBA world.
Paul Pierce outrages about Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum being left out
The All-NBA teams this time were hard to choose from. There was a lot of phenomenal talent, and because of the same, there were some major snubs. Stars like Kevin Durant and James Harden, who are considered among the best in the business, were left off these lists. While people may make injury a case for their names being left off, there were other stars like Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum who were left off too.
Paul Pierce, the former Celtics star, could not sit quiet about the same. He took it to his Twitter and made a whole tweet bashing the NBA and the criteria of selecting All-NBA lists. According to him, we should remove the selections of players according to positions, and just keep it purely performance-based.
Take nothing away from guys who made all-nba teams but when Tatum and Donovan Mitchell don’t make an all NBA team something gotta change stop putting positions on who make it doesn’t matter top guys regardless of position should make it 🤔
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) June 17, 2021
Paul Pierce does make some good points. There have been a lot of snubs on these lists due to the positions and lack of spots due to the same. If the league does make these changes, we may actually see All-NBA teams according to who plays better, rather than who’s the best in their position.