The NBA All-Star Game reserves were named on Thursday night and Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers was one of them.
His teammate Jarrett Allen, however, was not.
Speaking about this with Chris Fedor, Mitchell said that Allen deserved to be selected for the big game and hopes that he will be used as a replacement if another player is injured.
“I think he will be Indiana with me and I think he is worthy of an All-Star spot. He should have gotten it,” Mitchell said.
He added, “He will get there and get his second nod I believe. If not, I’m throwing a fit on Twitter.”
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell on Jarrett Allen possibly being an injury replacement:
"I think he will be Indiana with me and I think he is worthy of an All-Star spot. He should have gotten it. He will get there and get his second nod I believe. If not, I’m throwing a fit on Twitter"
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) February 2, 2024
The Eastern Conference All-Star starters are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Tyrese Haliburton, Damian Lillard, and Jayson Tatum.
And the reserve players are Mitchell, Bam Adebayo, Paolo Banchero, Jaylen Brown, Jalen Brunson, Tyrese Maxey, and Julius Randle.
There were a few surprises on this list, including fewer Celtics stars than expected and a lack of Allen.
A lot of people thought that Allen was going to make the game because he is putting up 15.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season.
He has been consistently earning double-doubles all year long and has been powering the Cavaliers, even as they have dealt with a number of big injuries and absences.
Still, as of now, he will be sitting out of the All-Star Game later this month.
Mitchell is holding out hope that Allen still makes his way into the event.
If not, he will try his hardest to play well on behalf of Allen, the team, and all Cavaliers fans.