Who Got Snubbed? The 2014 All-Star Game

The reserves were selected yesterday for the 2014 All-Star Game and some noticeable names were left off the roster. While there are always some players deserving a spot that do not end up being added to the roster, those players still deserve recognition midway through the season for their tremendous seasons. Here are my thoughts on who just missed this season:

Before I get to who missed it, here are each of the teams’ squads:

2014 NBA All-Star Game Rosters

Eastern Conference

Starter Appearance
LeBron James, F, MIA 10th
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK 7th
Paul George, F, IND 2nd
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE 2nd
Dwyane Wade, G, MIA 10th
Reserve Appearance
Chris Bosh, F, MIA 9th
DeMar DeRozan, G, TOR 1st
Roy Hibbert, C, IND 1st
Joe Johnson, G, BKN 7th
Paul Millsap, F, ATL 1st
John Wall, G, WAS 1st
Joakim Noah, C, CHI 2nd

Western Conference

Starter Appearance
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL 16th
Kevin Durant, F, OKC 5th
Stephen Curry, G, GS 1st
Kevin Love, F, MIN 3rd
Blake Griffin, F, LAC 4th
Reserve Appearance
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR 3rd
Dwight Howard, C, HOU 8th
James Harden, G, HOU 2nd
Damian Lillard, G, POR 1st
Dirk Nowitzki, F, DAL 12th
Tony Parker, G, SA 6th
Chris Paul, G, LAC 7th

 

Western Conference:

1. Anthony Davis: Davis is perhaps a top 5 player in the game, and if he is not, will certainly be so soon.  He is one of only 4 players averaging 20 and 10 this season, leads the NBA in blocks, and has a top 5 PER ranking.  His team has under-performed and he has missed games due to injury, but statistically he has a strong case to be there over Dirk and Tony Parker.  Davis Averages 20.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 1.5 steals and (his weakest stat) 1.4 assists on 52% shooting.  Davis will make plenty of all star teams in his career and it’s difficult to leave a veteran legend like Dirk Nowitzi, who is having a great year himself, off the squad. Either way, I expect Davis, if healthy, to replace the injured Kobe Bryant on this years team. SO he may not be totally snubbed after all…

2. DeMarcus Cousins: For much of the same reasons as Davis above, Cousins, who is having a ridiculous statistical season, is a snub for this all star game. I’d argue, that in terms of NBA Centers, in a purely statistical way, he deserves to be there over Dwight Howard this year.  Dwight though, is a household name, a respected (in most circles outside LA and Orlando) veteran who impacts the game as much as any player does in the frontcourt. Cousins however plays for one of the NBAs worst teams, is well known as a bit of a hot head/malcontent (at times) and has the nickname “Boogie” instead of “Superman”. So, alas, he, though statistically deserving will not make this years team.  For the season Boogie is averaging 22.6 points , 11.6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks on 49% shooting.  He does turn the ball over frequently, averaging 3.4 give-aways per contest.

3. Goran Dragic: The time missed hurt his case, but he has played masterfully since he has come back, leading the NBA’s biggest surprise team to a 28-18 record thus far.  He is averaging 20 points and 6. 1 assists all while shooting a remarkable 50% from the field as primarily a point guard.  Dragic has finally blossomed into a star, but he falls just short of an all-star bid this season. No Suns are all-stars and it makes me sad.  If Eric Bledsoe was healthy he’d also likely have a bid or be a big time snub.

Eastern Conference: Joe Johnson does not deserve a roster spot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Aaron Afflalo: Ok, so first, yes, I acknowledge that his team is awful, but Afflalo is averaging 20 points, good for 15th in the league on 47% shooting an a superb 42% from downtown (same percentage as Kevin Durant). He has just had a great, efficient season, albeit for a terrible team. He has been worlds better than Joe Johnson this year.

2. Kyle Lowry: Lowry, similarly to Afflalo, deserves this spot over Joe Johnson. He is averaging nearly 17 points and 8 assists, and since Rudy Gay was traded has averaged a little over 18 and 8 while being  a sharpshooter from downtown.  Lowry has led the Raptors to third place in the Atlantic, but with his teammate DeMar DeRozan already going, the coaches didn’t seem interested in sending two Raptors.  I think Afflalo is a greater snub, but Lowry certainly deserves to be there over Joe Johnson.

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