The NBA All-Star reserves were released for both conferences on Thursday night, and the East didn't have Nets standout D'Angelo Russell among them.
Instead, the East reserves include Raptors PG Kyle Lowry, Pacers SG Victor Oladipo, Pistons F Blake Griffin, Magic C Nikola Vucevic, Bucks SG Khris Middleton, Sixers PG Ben Simmons, and Wizards SG Bradley Beal.
But, before Nets fans start to freak out, there is still a chance Russell suits up during All-Star Weekend with Oladipo out for the rest of the season.
Russell has been posting career highs on a Nets team that has surprised many this season, as they currently sit in the sixth seed. He is averaging 19.5 points, 6.4 assists, and shooting 44 percent from the field.
There are other options like Sixers SG Jimmy Butler out there for NBA commissioner Adam Silver to choose from to fill Oladipo's spot. However, the Sixers already have two All-Stars, and the Nets don't have any. Yes, Jarrett Allen is representing Brooklyn in the Rising Stars Challenge, but as YES analyst and former NBA All-Star Richard Jefferson pointed out, the Nets deserve an All-Star with the rise they've made this season.
Russell has been their catalyst in doing so, which is why he will likely be at the top of the list for Silver when the time comes to choose the replacement. We'll see if he makes the right call.