Domantas Sabonis: The NBA's most overhated and underappreciated star

Domantas Sabonis (pictured) vs Denver Nuggets
Domantas Sabonis (pictured) vs Denver Nuggets / Alysa Rubin/Clarkson Creative/GettyImages

He's not flashy. His game isn't "eye-opening," but he is the model of consistency and impact in today's NBA. One of the game's best big men, Kings Center Domantas Sabonis, was snubbed by this year's All-Star Game participants.

Even with the game-changing playmaking, efficiency around the rim, and rebounding prowess Sabonis possesses, he is not universally viewed as one of the league's best players. Furthering the rarity of this kind of All-Star snub, Sabonis made history by missing the game.

The first player in NBA history to achieve a feat, can be good...or bad.

As the tweet above shows, Sabonis made history by missing this year's All-Star game, becoming the first player in NBA history to not be selected while averaging 20+ PPG, 10+ RPG, and 5+ APG in a single season.

Sabonis has established himself as one of the league's best bigs and an All-NBA-caliber player in today's game. Yet, he doesn't receive the same recognition for his skills as other players of his caliber within the league. After a career season, Sabonis has improved even more.

Sabonis has had a historic season thus far, now with back-to-back seasons with the most "20-10-5" games in a single season in Kings history. After having 25 such games in 79 appearances last season, Sabonis has reached that number in just 54 games this season.

Sabonis sports an undefeated record against Anthony Davis (8-0 all-time), Nikola Jokic, and Karl-Anthony Towns this season while recording 38 straight double-doubles, the longest streak since Kevin Love's 53 straight in 2010-11.

Putting Sabonis' numbers into perspective: History is being made.

When you're the only other player on a graphic that includes Wilt Chamberlain, you've earned your flowers. Sabonis is the definition of "Jokic-lite," a player not on the level of the game's arguably best player today, but certainly, someone who plays a certain style of basketball that is not only unique, but also fits in today's NBA. With 19 "points-rebounds-assists" triple doubles this season (T-14th most in a single season ever), Sabonis is playing on an unworldly level few players can match.

Viable MVP candidate: "Sabonis for MVP" should be seriously considered

For Sabonis, this has not only become a "breakout season" for him, but it has also justified Sacramento's trade for him a few years ago, considering the emergence of Tyrese Haliburton, who the Kings shipped to Indiana in order to obtain Sabonis.

Not only does Sabonis rank near, or at the top of the league in many of the shown statistics above, but many stats are close to, if not career-highs for the veteran big. With Sabonis nearing his prime, these numbers are expected to continue.

In addition to the recent surge by Sabonis in the last few months, he's received considerable recognition for this year's Most Valuable Player award. Yet, every player who made it on these MVP rankings across platforms, was an All-Star Game participant, except for Sabonis himself.

Missing the All-Star Game cost Sabonis a potential $1.3 million in incentives, creating further disappointment and frustration from the franchise, as well as the big man for being snubbed from the weekend activities.

Sabonis looks to keep his blazing middle-of-season performance going in the second half of the season. With 131 double-doubles (or better) in his 156 career games with the Kings (85.1% of games with a double-double), Sabonis will look to continue his all-around production.