Most of us could care less about how the NBA All-Star Game turns out. After all, this annual no-defense fest is much like the recently-released film Movie 43 – a bunch of big-time stars making cameo appearances in a tacky and shameless form of entertainment. Sure there are always a few good alley-oops and street ball moves; but does this make up for the 5-10 embarrassing mistakes that players collectively make while trying to show off?
Okay, so now that you understand our take on the All-Star Game, it’s worth mentioning that being selected to the game is definitely an honor. And the NBA recently released the list of everybody who received a nod. Of course, there were also a few deserving players who didn’t get picked for this prestigious contest. This being said, let’s take a closer look at who did and didn’t make the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
Eastern Conference Roster
LeBron James F, Miami Heat – 9th appearance, 26.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 7.1 APG
Carmelo Anthony F, New York Knicks – 6th app., 29.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG
Kevin Garnett F, Boston Celtics – 14th app., 14.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.0 BPG
Rajon Rondo G, Boston Celtics – 4th app., 13.7 PPG, 11.1 APG, 1.9 SPG
Dwayne Wade G, Miami Heat – 9th app., 20.5 PPG, 4.5 APG, 1.3 SPG
Kyrie Irving G, Cleveland Cavaliers – 1st app., 23.7 PPG, 5.7 APG, 1.8 SPG
Jrue Holiday G, Philadelphia 76ers – 1st app., 19.0 PPG, 9.0 APG, 1.4 SPG
Tyson Chandler C, New York Knicks – 1st app., 12.1 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 1.1 BPG
Joakim Noah C, Chicago Bulls – 1st app., 12.2 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.2 BPG
Luol Deng F, Chicago Bulls – 2nd app., 17.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.1 SPG
Paul George F, Indiana Pacers – 1st app., 17.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.7 SPG
Chris Bosh F, Miami Heat – 8th app., 17.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.4 BPG
Western Conference Roster
Kobe Bryant G, LA Lakers – 15th appearance, 29.2 PPG, 4.7 APG, 1.4 SPG
Kevin Durant F, OKC – 4th app., 29.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.6 SPG
Chris Paul G, LA Clippers – 6th app., 16.6 PPG, 9.7 APG, 2.6 SPG
Dwight Howard C, LA Lakers – 7th app., 16.7 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.5 BPG
Blake Griffin F, LA Clippers – 3rd app., 18.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.4 SPG
Russell Westbrook G, OKC – 3rd app., 22.7 PPG, 8.1 APG, 1.9 SPG
James Harden G, Houston Rockets – 1st app., 25.8 PPG, 5.4 APG, 1.9 SPG
Tim Duncan C, SAS – 14th app., 17.5 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.7 BPG
Tony Parker G, SAS – 5th app., 19.8 PPG, 7.8 APG, 0.9 SPG
LaMarcus Aldridge F, POR – 2nd app., 20.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.3 BPG
David Lee F, Golden State – 2nd app., 19.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.7 APG
Zach Randolph F, Memphis Grizzlies – 2nd app., 16.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 0.5 BPG
Looking at the list of players who were selected to this year’s All-Star contest, you can definitely see that most (if not all) of these guys deserved a spot. However, there were a few skipped-over players who could’ve made a strong case for their inclusion.
The biggest snub in the Western Conference has to be Stephen Curry, who’s truly been a complete player with 20.9 PPG, 6.6 APG, 4.1 RPG, 1.9 SPG and 45.1% from 3-point territory. While David Lee has definitely helped the Warriors exceed expectations thus far, many believe that Curry is the true catalyst of this team. That said, it’s no wonder why Curry’s coach, Mark Jackson, was angry about Stephen not getting picked.
After Curry, it’s hard to find a true Western Conference snub, but Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka had an outside chance. Gasol does a lot of intangible things in addition to averaging 13.2 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3.5 APG and 1.8 BPG. Ibaka has really improved his offense this season and is averaging 14.0 PPG on 56% shooting. Plus he’s chipped in his usual 8.3 RPG and 2.8 BPG.
Moving to the Eastern Conference, many people are outraged over Brook Lopez being left off the roster. Not only does the Brooklyn Nets standout average 18.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG and 2.1 BPG, but he also leads the East’s third-best team. Many people have speculated that coaches didn’t vote Lopez in because they didn’t like how the Nets fired coach Avery Johnson.
The Indiana Pacers’ Paul George may have earned his first All-Star selection at the expense of teammate David West. The Pacers usually go to West when they need a crucial basket, and he provides veteran leadership….along with 16.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 1.0 BPG.
Paul Pierce definitely deserved a reserve role on the All-Star team as well; he’s averaging 18.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.8 APG and 1.4 SPG. However, Pierce was affected by the fan vote since people stuffed the ballots for his teammates, Rajon Rando and Kevin Garnett. It’s likely that coaches didn’t think the Boston Celtics deserved three All-Star players since they’re currently 20-23 and eighth in the East.
One more player who we think could’ve earned an All-Star nod is Brandon Jennings. The Milwaukee Bucks point guard has put up 18.6 PPG, 6.0 APG and 1.93 SPG for the East’s seventh best team. However, he also shoots just 40.5% from the field, so this could have been a reason for leaving him off the squad. The same goes for his teammate, Monta Ellis (18.8 PPG, 5.6 APG, 1.81 SPG), who shoots a similarly-low 40.3%.