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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.
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Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:04 pm
 

The five biggest All-Star snubs

The Greg Monroe stats: he averages a double-double at 16+ points per game and ten rebounds.  Also shoots 83% FT and averages 3 assists and 2 steals a game.



Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:00 pm
 

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Well, obviously the snubs are either big names or from good teams.  But in Detroit, Greg Monroe is having an outstanding season for an eastern conference not filled with quality centers.  He has been clutch, gets tons of rebounds, many double-doubles, is a good passer and free throw shooter.  He is a very good player and deserves much consideration.  Compare the stats; you might be surprised.



Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:51 pm
 

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Irving? Lowry? Harden? Milsap? Psht.

My top 5:
Josh Smith
Brandon Jennings
Danny Granger
Rudy Gay
Al Jefferson



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:47 pm
 

The five biggest All-Star snubs

In my opinion, putting up numbers and losing doesnt make you an all star.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:19 pm
 

The five biggest All-Star snubs

It has a lot to do with national spotlight in the NBA. How many games do you see where Cavs, Jazz, Bucks, or Rockets play national televised? Harden is a bench player which is why I figure he wasn't on the list.



Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:12 pm
 

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Josh Smith is still a bonehead, but he's been snubbed badly for the past few years. The East has a whopping 1 PF. Why not tell Joe Johnson to take a hike and pick Josh?

Anderson is pretty good too, but the Magic turmoil might cloud people's judgment and cause then to ignore their pretty decent record.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:05 pm
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Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:47 pm
 

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?


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