that’s not what i asked — (what i asked was “is the point here that dame was more deserving of an all star berth than giannis?”) — so y’know, “don’t be stupid”. also, don’t be a dick. the author seemingly used a giannis “who doesn’t even know how to shoot” making the ASG as an example of how ludicrous it was that dame didn’t make it.
also, the kyrie/dame argument works both ways. put kyrie on a team in 2017–18 where he’s the #1 option and he puts up dame stats or better. if anything, his stats are suppressed by playing with lebron. if he were on a mediocre blazers squad he’d likely have the same or better numbers as dame. and i’m not a kyrie fan, but he and dame are very similar players. its not crazy (or stupid) to suggest kyrie is better — and it was a suggestion, as i said “maybe the 9th best PG”.
btw, conley had a better Ortg and Drtg than dame (and kyrie) last season, a higher BPM and VORP, higher WS48, a higher TS%, and a better ORPM, a much, much better DRPM, and a better total RPM. by almost every statistical measure (other than simply ppg) conley was better than lillard.