The NBA revealed 2018's All-Star starters on Thursday night, and Kristaps Porzingis was not one of the East's five voted in. The frontcourt spots went to LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid, leaving no room for Porzingis.
The All-Star starters were decided between the fans, players and media: fan vote accounted for 50 percent, while current players and basketball media each accounted for 25 percent each of the equation. Porzingis was voted ahead of Embiid by the players, but Embiid got the nod from the fans and media.
"Players know," Porzingis said, via Stefan Bondy of NY Daily News. "That's all I'm going to say."
After a hot start to the season and pushing the Knicks to an overachieving record, both Porzingis and the Knicks have regressed of late, though Porzingis still has impressive numbers. He's averaging 23.6 points on 43 percent shooting with 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. "Everybody has their own opinion. Fans are one thing. It is what it is," Porzingis said. "There are a lot of things I could have done better also. It is what it is."
Porzingis can still be selected for the All-Star game by the coaches as a reserve.
"We'll see. I would hope so. In my mind, I deserve it," Porzingis said. "All I got to do is play good and win games and the results will take care of itself. I shouldn't be too worried about who is going to vote for me and who is not going to vote for me."
This season the All-Star game's format will change, as it won't be East vs. West, but captains will pick teams. The captains are each conference's highest vote-getters, James and Steph Curry, who led the West in votes.
Porzingis and the Knicks play the Jazz on Friday night at 10:30 p.m.