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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: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:43 am

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Nowitzki over Gasol is total B.S..  Look at their numbers, their teams' records and number of games played.  Both are having down seasons, but Dirk more so.  More anti-Laker bias by the NBA. 

Since: Dec 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:59 am

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Anderson Varejao being left off is a major snub. If your first reaction is that he is not a major snub, then check his numbers and how opponents feel about playing against him!

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:15 am

The five biggest All-Star snubs

these 5 players are not big snubs give me a break!  non of these guys would be able to start on my fantasy team therefore they arent good enough to complain about being snubbed, beat it!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:36 am

The five biggest All-Star snubs

I don't know how you don't put Ryan Anderson of Orlando Magic on this list. Has a PF played any better than he has this season?

I hope you're talking about in the East only, where only Chris Bosh stands out as easily having a better season than Anderson.  Bosh is outscoring, outshooting, and outrebounding Anderson wh
ile playing better defense.  Amare Stoudemire is also outshooting, outscoring, and outrebounding Anderson. You can even make an argument for Carlos Boozer, who's outshooting and outrebounding Anderson as well. 

Across the league there are a ton of PF who have outperformed Anderson this season.  The West is stocked with them. 

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:21 am

The five biggest All-Star snubs

I predicted that Nowitski would make it instead of Milsap. There is a legitaimate debate here, because as a coach you have to prepare for certain players when you play that team, and some are more daunting than others. Nowitski is a player that you have to prepare for- even though he has struggled this year. Milsap, not as much. So it stands to reason that coaches would vote for Nowitski instead of Milsap. same for Deron Williams over Jennings. Same for Nash over Harden.

Letting the fans vote has always been a bigger problem when it comes to fairness, than the coach's selections. There's no way Melo should be playing in this game, any more than Yao last year. That's all hype and reputation- mostly undeserved. I'd have rather seen Ryan Anderson or Josh Smith have a chance to play.

Props to the new guys- especially LeMarcus Aldridge who was obviously picked one year late. Hopefully, Paul Milsap will be recognized next year. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:20 am

The five biggest All-Star snubs

I disagree on Lowry belonging.  His rebounding and assist numbers are nice, the assists up to Tony Parker level but very distant to Steve Nash.  Lowry is shooting more and shooting worse than last year.  He's simply handling the ball more, which also leads to his declining AST/TO rate. 

Nash is an outside shooter making 56% of his shots.  Unheard of.  And doing it while doling out 10 assists.  Parker is closer to Lowry, but he's still outscoring and outshooting Lowry and has a better AST/TO ratio.  You can love on Lowry all you want, but he pales next to his competition.

MVP?  Are you guys dating?    

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:12 am

The five biggest All-Star snubs

As a life long Milwaukee Bucks fan (yes... pity me) I had to smile when I saw someone writing that Brandon Jennings is the top all-star "snub".  I've seen about 90% of the Bucks games this year, and it's true that Jennings has improved his game somewhat this year.  But and all-star?  Come on!  He is still incredibly inconsistant and immature in how he goes about his work.  I'm not even sure I would rate Jennings as a top 50 player in the league.  Certainly not an all-star.

Comparing Rondo (a true all-star snub) with Jennings is like compared a big red ripe apple with a green one not yet ready to eat.  Jennings may one day be one of the better PG in the league.  But he's a looooooooong way from that at this point.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:54 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

From this list I say it is clearly Millsap. He is a West PF and clearly better than the guy picked ahead of him at the sam eposition (Nowitski). I think there are a lot of great players not on the team but you need to compare them to the exact person picked over them. If a guy is good but hey are 3-4 deep with better choices that is not a snub.

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:48 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Why are they all "snubs"? If all those guys replaced 5 that made it, those other 5 would then be snubs. They aren't necessarily snubs, just players having great seasons that should get recognition, but there are only so many spots available. Just anglin' for the debates, to get more people on their site to generate more money.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:40 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

#1 snub is Rubio. #2 is Irving.

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