Thursday evening, the final voting results for the 2024 NBA All-Star game rosters were announced and, ultimately, it was revealed that no members of the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to be representing the franchise during the illustrious exhibition.
A rather unfamiliar turn of events for the team, as they've had at least one player selected to the star-studded weekend in each of the last two campaigns, when taking individual production into account there are a couple of players residing in the 38103 that, at the very least, have been worthy of consideration for a nod.
Easily the most deserving of being in the running for a selection has been Jaren Jackson Jr., who has only expanded his overall game since being named an All-Star reserve for the first time last season.
During a postgame presser following Memphis' recent loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, coach Taylor Jenkins discussed the big man's arguable snub from the festivities, and made it a point to say that, at least in his eyes, he's "absolutely an All-Star."
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins addresses Jaren Jackson Jr.'s ASG snub
"I know there's tough decisions to make as the coaches vote on the reserves but what he stands for, he carries himself like an All-Star every single day. He embraces whatever it takes to help the team win, what he's done defensively for us all season long but, you know, the growth that he's shown on the offensive side. I hope he was in consideration. He's going to be in consideration for many, many years. He's got a beautiful career ahead of him, he's already established that as well but he's focused on helping this team win and that's not going to bother him."- Taylor Jenkins
Through 46 games played, Jackson finds himself posting tremendous averages of 22.0 points (career-high), 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.6 blocks.
While the team's lowly record of 18-30 was likely the biggest factor when it came to his omission from the final voting results, should there be a need for an injury replacement for a Western Conference frontcourt talent, one should assume that the 24-year-old will be in strong consideration for the vacancy.