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The five biggest All-Star snubs

Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:40 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 9:11 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Jennings tweeted after the announcement, "Just gotta work even harder now." (Getty Images)

The 2012 All-Star teams have been filled out and as always, there are some serious snubs. It's a select group that makes the All-Star Game as just seven spots in each conference are open for reserves. It's not easy to make it which means guys that have a great case to be there always get left out. You can't take everyone and there have to be cuts. So here the top five guys that have a reason to be disappointed. Feel free to create your own "snubbed from the snubs" list too.

Brandon Jennings

The Bucks aren't having a great season at 11-14, but it would be really bad without Jennings. He's averaging 18.9 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. He's third among Eastern point guards in scoring and has been terrific in a number of big Milwaukee wins, including both over the Heat. Again, what hurts him is that his team is 11-14, but that didn't seem to affect Deron Williams' candidacy much. Jennings has a legitimate gripe to be left out.

James Harden

You're saying, "James Harden? There are way bigger snubs than that. But there should be something to be said for a guy that’s second at his position. It just makes sense for Harden to have been included. He’s second in PER (21.94) in the West for shooting guard, only behind Kobe. He’s 22nd overall in PER in the league. He’s fourth in scoring among 2-guards. He’s the third best player on the team with the best record in basketball. And his beard has the power to heal blindness. Those five things should add up to enough to trump Dirk Nowitzki, who even said himself he shouldn't be there.

Paul Millsap

The Jazz have basically come out of nowhere to contend for a playoff spot. People are saying things like, "Whoa, where did the Jazz come from?" and "Hey, what are the Jazz doing in the top eight?" You know why? Because of Paul Millsap. He's averaging 16.5 points and 9.7 rebounds which aren't as gaudy as his power forward counterparts in the West, but definitely better than Dirk who has missed a good number of games and isn't playing close to his level.

Kyrie Irving

He's a rookie. He's playing for a not great team. But as Blake Griffin proved last season if your play is outstanding, those things aren't supposed to matter. Look at Irving's 21.66 PER. That's top 25 in the entire league. And he's exploded over the last month too. He's really blossoming into one of the East's very best point guard and with the reserves just having two point guards, Irving has a good case to be a third.

Kyle Lowry

The top snub in my mind. Lowry isn't just having an All-Star caliber season. He's having potentially an MVP caliber season. His numbers don't pop -- 14.7 ppg, 7.9 apg and 5.8 rpg -- but considering his importance to the now 15-11 Houston Rockets, he has to be considered one of the elite players in the West. It's tough because the Western team is already guard heavy and it would be tough to say Lowry should go ahead of Tony Parker or Steve Nash, but this shouldn't be about name recognition. It should be about this season and Lowry is having as good a year for a point guard as anyone in the conference not named Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook.

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:21 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Thinker, I like that idea! But how about a team of the young guns (5 years or less) vs the Old Pros (6+ years)? That way we can actually get 2 FULL squads of talent both young stars and older stars. The fans win all the way around with something like that. Plus like you said it'll definitely be more exciting because the youngsters don't want to lose to the old guys and the older players sure don't want to get embarrassed by some kid who might take their job in a few years. Oh yeah, getrid of the rook-soph game!

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:54 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Pau Gasol also got snubbed, he's way better than his brother who made it.  I heard that he was selected but David Stern blocked it because he felt the West would have too much of a competiive edge if the Lakers had three players on the team.    

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:45 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Why not just call it as it like it is as the Miami/LA showcase with some "friends"

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:57 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

How does Monta Ellis not get in? Frown

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:26 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Pau gasol and rajon rondo and monta ellis all got snubbed too.

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:12 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

I like the double-header idea.  Scrap the rookie/sophomore game.  Instead, have a "Young Guns" all-star game with players with 5 years or less experience, and have a "Future Legends" game with the old heads (6+ years experience).  You'd probably get 2 exciting games, whereas the Rookie/Soph game has a significant dropoff in talent.  All don't deserve to be recognized on All Star weekend.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:54 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Saying Irving is an All-Star snub is akin to saying Rubio is an All-Star snub.  Just doesn't make sense.  Neither kid should be there yet.  They will soon, probably next year in Rubio's case, just not at that level.  Monta Ellis has been solid all year, also for a crappy team, and should have at least gotten a little recognition or mention. 

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:45 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

I'm sick and tired of reading and hearing about snubs from sportswriters who don't bother to tell us who SHOULDN'T be an All-Star.  Which All-Star would you throw out to make room for these so-called snubs?  If you can't name one, then you can't complain about snubs.  When you're not quite as good as the guys getting the nod, then you're NOT A SNUB!!!  If you can't understand that, then look up the definition of snub.  

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:35 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

You are always going to have so-called snubs but this list doesn't seem to be too talented to me.  This game is suppose to be for the fans so they want to see top stars and players from successful teams.  Successful teams mean that they are not just contending for a playoff spot.  These so-called top five snubs are on teams that are not great or even good.  Let's face it, if they do go to postseason they are on teams that are certain round one and done candidates.  I am not trying to bad mouth these guys or their teams but that is just the way it is.  Yes, Kevin Love is on a bad team too but he also makes a much bigger impact than any of these guys.  When talking about Nowitzki and a guy like James Harden, fans are saying James who?  Kyrie Irving maybe a good player but he is one partial year/season removed from college.  Jennings stats maybe a little inflated because Bogut has been out with an injury and may not be back at all this year.  With Lowry, while I feel for the guy, I don't believe he is MVP caliber.  He too is on a team (Houston) where the scoring has to come from some place as well as Paul Millsap.  I feel these guys times will come but keeping Dirk out after his team wins a championship and now everyone and team is out to shut him down every night would not be fair.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:21 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Is it me, or is one of the issues here that the all-star game picks a fairly small % of players compared with all-star/pro-bowl games in other sports? I have not done the math (so i may be totally wrong here) but compared with other sports it feels like there are a lot more NBA players who deserve an appearance in such a game.

Maybe one solution is to have a double header - let the fans have their picks in full, and then let coaches pick from the remaining players for a "critics choice" game (which would probably be far more interesting to watch in terms of future potential talent).

If fans could pick the entire all star game squads, the snubs list would grow exponentially, leading to a great pool of deserving players for a game that would provide something quite different to the all star game I think?    

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