All-Star Weekend has always had its fair share of snubs. For the first time in a while, the Pistons should have a representative at the All-Star game, and as the team's young core continues to develop, there will hopefully be many more appearances.
Despite the team's long absence from the coveted All-Star game, Detroit has almost always had a player partake in the Rising Stars Challenge and the now defunct Rookie v. Sophomore game. This year, however, no dice, as the team's promising rookie, Stanley Johnson, won't be suiting up in this year's USA vs. World game.
As MLive's Aaron McCann relays, Van Gundy explained that Johnson was disappointed to not be chosen, but was quick to try and console his rookie by saying he was destined for greater things, and that the Challenge wasn't exactly a challenge in itself:
"I'm sure, for him, it's a little a bit disappointing," Van Gundy said. "But you know, there's a lot bigger things to come for Stanley than the Rising Stars Challenge. Hopefully, there are a lot bigger things to come for all of us than the Rising Stars Challenge.
"I don't think I've seen the players put much into that game," Van Gundy said. "I think it's All-Star weekend. The fact that maybe ... that game has the chance to be an All-Star game? I don't know. It's just ... it's not one of my favorite things."
The entire USA vs. World roster can be seen here, but there have been some notable exceptions and questionable selections on both teams. Spurs bigman Boban Marjanovic didn't make the cut, whilst an argument could be made for the inclusions of Stanley Johnson and Devin Booker on Team USA. What do you think? Have your say in the comment section below.