Irving, 23, was selected for the past three All-Star games and was voted MVP of the 2014 game. However, in the last round of this year’s voting Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry surpassed Irving to secure a spot on the roster.
“He deserves it,” Irving said of Lowry.
Lowry, 29, is in his 10th NBA season and was voted to his first All-Star Game last year. In 42 games this season, Lowry is averaging 20.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game.
After his recovery from the knee injury he sustained during last year’s NBA Finals, Irving has played in just 15 games this season and is averaging 16.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
“There are people more deserving than I am,” Irving said.
The All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 14 in Toronto.
- Erin Flynn