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NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:44 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 7:49 pm
Who were the biggest snubs for the All-Star game, after the reserves were announced ?
Posted by Royce Young and Matt Moore

As it is every year, some worthy candidates were left out of the All-Star game reserves list. But this year, those left out had more legitimate complaints than usual. Here then are three snubs from the Eastern and Western Conference. 

Eastern Conference

Honestly, the Eastern coaches got it all right. It's hard to really say there's a true snub in the East. Going through though, there certainly are a couple players that have a case. Especially since the whole team is made up of the Celtics and Heat

Josh Smith : Probably the biggest snub has to be Josh Smith. Problem is, who do you remove? Smith though is having probably his best season, averaging 16. 2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. His defense is well documented but what he's shown off his is versatility this season. Because of injuries, Smith has played small forward, power forward and even some center.

As a key cog in the Hawks machine, Smith has figured out how to play perfectly next to Al Horford and Joe Johnson. There's always a lot of talk about other big threes throughout the league, but there's no reason not to include the trio in Atlanta. Smith has cut down on the dumb shots, is playing well inside and in transition, is maybe the most dynamic finisher out there. Plus, having him in the All-Star Game would be a treat. Can you picture a fast break of Smith, Derrick Rose and LeBron James? I can and it's pretty awesome. 

Andrew Bogut:  Seeing that the East only has one real center on the roster, Bogut makes a lot of sense. It's tough to move off Horford, but you certainly can make a case for Bogut replacing Paul Pierce or even Ray Allen, since the East is stacked with wings.

Bogut has been injured all season as he hasn't totally recovered from elbow surgery, but he's still averaging a double-double and is one of the best defenders in the league. Plus, Bogut deserves a ton of credit for fighting the way he has. Despite suffering a brutal injury last season, Bogut has battled inside and is putting up comparable numbers to last year even though he can't totally use his right arm entirely. That's impressive.

The Bucks record hurts (19-28) which is probably the biggest reason Bogut was snubbed. If the Bucks are a contender or even a current playoff team in the East, it's almost impossible to keep him off this roster. 

Raymond Felton: A month ago, Felton had a really good case to be on this team. But the last few weeks, he just hasn't played well. And that sort of things hurts because that's the period where coaches were casting their ballots.

However, it's hard to ignore the impact Felton has had on the New York offense. He's still averaging almost 18 points and nine assists a game, which is up there in point guard ranks. He's shooting the 3-ball really well and runs the pick-and-roll as beautifully as anyone. Having Amar'e Stoudemire obviously helps, but still, Felton has executed.

The West is carrying three point guards and the East only has two. So it makes sense to add Felton and take over Pierce or Allen, but it's a tough call to make just because of Felton's position. Fact is though, he's been a huge part in the Knicks first half resurgence which scores extra points with me.

Honorable Outrage Mention:
 Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Thaddeus Young

Western Conference

LaMarcus Aldridge:  Aldridge has the most legitimate gripe, yes, even more than Kevin Love. Aldridge has had the most team success, and averaged 25 points and 10 rebounds in January . He just dropped 40 on the team with the best record. Aldridge has played masterfully and hasn't had the questions about his defense like Griffin or Love have had. 

Aldridge has become the leader of the Blazers and has arguably the best combination of both size and skill (mid-range, post, perimeter) of any Western forward not named Dirk or Pau this season. He doesn't have the flashy dunks of Griffin, but he's got the wins, which I'm pretty sure the Blakeshow would trade for. And with the Blazers, somehow, someway, still in the playoffs, to exempt Aldridge is to cast a doubt as to whether team performance is only relevant if the player is a known name. 

Kevin Love:  A shocker that he didn't make it.  The NBA's leading rebounder is also averaging 21 points per game to go along with those 15.5 rebounds per game. 15.5. Which is just kind of ridiculous. 

The fact that Love's surrounded by a terrible team assembled by questionable management should not have kept him out. There has been some discussion that Love's stat-hounding ways have turned off coaches and scouts, which may have led to his exclusion. 

Similarly, the Wolves aren't just bad. They're terrible. But if you look at Love's contributions, you have to wonder how much more terrible they would be were he not there. Love can never be accused of taking a night off, and has the first 30 rebound night since Moses Malone. That's quite a long time. Either way, Love has to wonder what more he could have done to wound up on the All-Star squad. 

Zach Randolph: Randolph is the middle of the debate between Aldridge and Love. He averages 20 points and 13 rebounds, which are pretty ridiculous, especially when you factor for pace (23.3% Total Rebound Rate for Love, 21.4% for Randolph). Randolph's team has had more success than Love, though, and recently has surged above .500, closing in on the 8th spot in the West held by Aldridge, thanks mostly to Randolph's performance.

So he has both the rebounding eye-popping numbers of Love and the team success of Aldridge. Throw in the fact that he's a respected veteran who made it last year with similar numbers and it's hard to argue for his exclusion, even with greats like Duncan and phenoms like Griffin in play.

Honorable Outrage Mention: Lamar Odom, Monta Ellis, Steve Nash, Tony Parker

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2011 12:51 pm

NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

I am pleasantly surprised that Stern picked Kevin Love to replace Yao.  I think it is much deserving though but the Wolves have the worst record in the West.  Based on history, Stern would usually favor a long time veteran and a player from a winning team, much like he did last year with the hometown choice, Kidd (PR selection) to replace Kobe when there were more deserving players like Monta Ellis or Aaron Brooks.  If he were to select a long time veteran, then Nash should have been in but if he were to select based on team record, then Aldridge should have been in.  Ellis should have been in if Stern is picking based on PPG with at least a decent record compared to the Wolves.  I also think that a player's performance after last-year's ASG should be factored in, especially if his team made the playoffs. 

That being said, the Love selection was unexpected of Stern and I think he might have turned a page with his selections.  The fan selection of Yao was a blessing in disguise for this gave way for a more deserving player.  Tim Duncan is the least deserving, in fact, Parker deserves it more than him.  Duncan is having his worst season ever.  Also, despite his insistence of being designated as a PF, he plays Center for the Spurs.  His best years are behind him, and better forwards have emerged.  He should be designated as a center next year, he might still make it over Yao to start or as a center reserve (ala Jamal Magloire).  That being said, the coaches should have selected Aldridge or Z-Bo as their forward reserve.  The Love selection by Stern is payback fot not being selected for the Rookie Challenge 3 years ago! His selection will pave the way for coaches' criteria next year in determining who should make it as a reserve.

I still think that a player should be disqualified --- name crossed out of the ballot --- if he only played a certain number of games (remember that time when an injured Vince Carter started over Michael Jordan?) and especially if he is out for the entire season because it just doesn't make sense.  A deserving All-star should be selected based on his performance, not based on his popularity.  I'm also in the school of thought that a player's stats should have more impact (75%) and that his team's record is just a secondary factor to determine if he makes the ASG because it's not his fault if he is surrounded by scrubs (as is the case with Love).

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2011 8:21 am

NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

Just getting this out there, but I picked Kevin Love in the 5th round of my fantasy draft this year. Haha, but seriously, there is no way he should not have been picked for an all-star reserve. Thank God the voters were stupid and voted in Yao Ming, and that David Stern was smart enough to pick Love as the replacement, because leaving Love off the All-Star team would have been a travesty. If Love was placed on the Cavaliers, YES the Cavs, they would by no means be a great team, but I say he adds at least 10 or 15 wins to them by this point, so don't even say he shouldn't be on because his team is bad. Had Rambis played Love for more than 20 minutes a game for the first month of the season, his numbers would be even higher. The coaches leaving him off are stupid, and it would have been the worst All-Star snub in a long time. 

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2011 2:11 am

NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

lol, Moggy, I think it is funny you said "Besides Love not a single player on the team even attempts to rebound.  He will fight his own teammate for a board just to pad his stats." because those two sentences contradict each other. If a single player on his team doesn't even attempt to rebound why would he need to fight them for rebounds? The TWolves stink because they have the worst guards in the NBA, not because of Kevin Love.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2011 2:07 am

NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

Moggy, lol, the Timberwolves would probably be winless if they didn't have Kevin Love. Do you think the Timberwolves would have come back from the Knicks earlier this year after being down by 20 in the 3rd quarter to win if Kevin Love wasn't there to score 31 points and 31 rebounds that game? Every basketball player should be fighting teammates for rebounds. When you're up in the air about to grab a rebound you aren't going to be looking around to see if another player also in the air or on your back is a teammate or opponent. Please use facts, not biased opinions, thanks.

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 12:47 am

NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

The fact that Love didn't make it is a joke. He should have replaced Duncan, and Ellis should've replaced Dirk. The coaches were going for the big names, not the better and more deserving players. Good thing Love was named the replacement for Yao or else that would've been crazy for him to average 21-15 and not make it.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:18 pm

NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

Lamacus should be in no questions asked! Coaches are going for ratings...

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2011 5:23 pm

NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

My question is what criteria are the reserves picked on? Maybe they aren't being picked based on who's having a better statistical year, but instead, who's the biggest "all-star." You know, that is what the game is called. The All-Star game, not the Whos-Playing-Best-So-Far-This-Parti

cular-Year game. Maybe 1/2 of a season is not good enough. What else has Love done in his career to justify putting him in over Timmy Duncan? Sure his stats have been better over the last 40 games, but in no way does that make him a more deserving all star.

This was never meant to be fair, and no one is trying to justify the fairness. It's just supposed to be entertaining, and I think they picked the right players to accomplish that. They have a god mix of exciting young talent and all-time greats.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2011 4:48 pm

NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

No way Love should have made it. Sure he puts up some impressive stats, but what has that done for his team? Zero. They are amoung the worst in the league.  Besides Love not a single player on the team even attempts to rebound.  He will fight his own teammate for a board just to pad his stats. Stat hounds on crappy teams should not even be considered for the All-Star team.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:05 pm

NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

Thaddeus Young? Hahahaha, he sux...he's a free agent in our 12 team CBS league right now...WTF?

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 1:00 pm

NBA All-Star Game snubs: No love for Love

Hey 's not all about numbers...are you kidding me, do you watch any Boston games? Garneet and Ray Allen not do you explain the team's record?

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