Even though Suns guard Goran Dragic needed to wait until Thursday to find out whether he was picked as an All-Star reserve, the Suns figured they already had one player bound for All-Star weekend.

To his teammates’ and coaches’ surprise, Suns center Miles Plumlee was not chosen as one of nine “sophomores” for the Rising Stars Challenge.

“Worst snub,” teammate Gerald Green said. “There’s no way he’s not supposed to be there. That’s crazy.”

The two second-year centers picked were Detroit’s Andre Drummond (12.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks with 60 percent shooting) and Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas (10.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 50 percent shooting). Plumlee entered Wednesday night averaging 9.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks with 51 percent shooting and plays for a better team. He ranked second among sophomores for rebounds, fifth for blocks, fourth for field-goal percentage and 12th for points.

“I was looking forward to it,” said Plumlee, whose brother Mason was one of nine rookies chosen. “I personally thought I would have been in it. It’s just one steppingstone. There are bigger things out there to accomplish.”

NBA assistant coaches voted for nine rookies and nine sophomores. Last year, the game had 11 of each.

Seven Western Conference All-Star reserves, selected by the coaches, will be announced Thursday during a 4 p.m. TNT show, which is not Dragic’s final chance. An injury replacement must be named for Kobe Bryant and possibly Chris Paul.

Channing Frye and Green, two of 13 players with at least 100 3-pointers this season, could be in the 3-point-shooting contest, but Green will not make a fourth Slam Dunk Contest appearance. If picked as an All-Star, Dragic could wind up in the Skills Challenge but he said he would opt for the time off if he is not an All-Star.