NBA All-Star Snubs

Feb 1, 2008


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You knew it was going to happen…especially in the Western Conference.  There are just too many good players to include everyone in the All-Star game.  Some of these “snubs” aren’t actually snubs.  They are worthy of being an All-Star, but not at the expense of anyone else.  We’ll have a snub rating of 1 to 5 with one being a minor snub and 5 being a complete ripoff.

First, a look at the rosters.

Eastern Conference
Jason Kidd
Dwyane Wade
LeBron James
Kevin Garnett
Dwight Howard

Chauncey Billups
Chris Bosh
Caron Butler
Richard Hamilton
Antawn Jamison
Joe Johnson
Paul Pierce

Western Conference
Allen Iverson
Kobe Bryant
Carmelo Anthony
Tim Duncan
Yao Ming

Carlos Boozer
Steve Nash
Dirk Nowitzki
Chris Paul
Brandon Roy
Amare Stoudemire
David West

Now a look at the snubs:

Baron Davis – 22.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 8.1 assists, and 2.4 steals per game, and no All-Star spot.  Are you kidding me?  I like Brandon Roy (19.3, 4.5, 5.6, 0.9), but this must be a joke.
Snub Factor:  5.0

Deron Williams – 19.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 9.5 assists & 51.5% from the floor.  Those numbers are also better than Roy’s.
Snub Factor:  4.5

Jose Calderon – 12.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 52.1% from the floor, 91.6% from the line.  Hard to justify putting him in over Kidd or Billups, but he’s truly been an All-Star for Toronto.
Snub Factor:  2.5

Kevin Martin – I know he was injured, but he’s been amazing.  24.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.3 steals.  I can’t replace anyone with him, but he deserves to be mentioned.
Snub Factor:  2.0

Michael Redd – Redd is very solid.  23.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists.  Could he beat out Rip Hamilton (18.9, 3.3, 4.4)?  Maybe.
Snub Factor:  2.5

Ray Allen – Ray’s been solid in his first season in Boston.  It’s a little harder to produce when you have to share the load with KG & Pierce.  Still his 18.2, 4.0, 2.9 is pretty good.  Not much of a snub though.
Snub Factor:  1.0

Tracy McGrady – I think he’s been hurt too much to go, but his numbers are rock solid.  22.0, 4.7, 5.2.  That’s outstanding
Snub Factor:  2.5

Manu Ginobili – Manu has been great, but I don’t consider him too big of a snub despite his 19.5, 4.8, 4.2, 1.7.
Snub Factor:  2.0

Andre Iguodala – The new “A.I.” is putting up solid numbers.  His 19.4, 5.6, 4.6, and 2.2 are All-Star Worthy.  However, his team is horrible.
Snub Factor:  3.5

Vince Carter – I think the Nets already have plenty of represenatation with Kidd and Richard Jefferson, but Vince does have the numbers.  20.9, 5.5, 5.0.  I don’t feel too bad for Vince because he’s made some All-Star starts that he shouldn’t have.
Snub Factor:  1.5

Gerald Wallace – Wallace has really come on lately.  His overall numbers are still real good. 21.4, 6.2, 3.7, 2.2, 1.0.  I’m not quite ready to put him in.
Snub Factor:  1.5

Josh Howard - Howard has been outstanding.  I’m kind of surprised he got left off.  20.8, 7.5, and 2.1.  Playing on a winner like Dallas should count for something.
Snub Factor:  2.5

Hedo Turkoglu – Along with Calderon, Hedo is one of the biggest surprises this year.  His 19.4, 6.1, 4.3 is All-Star worthy, but I wouldn’t call it one of the biggest snubs.
Snub Factor:  2.5

Shawn Marion – Marion is having an 0ff-year by his standards.  He is still probably worthy of an All-Star spot if you didn’t have to cut anyone.  15.8, 9.9, 2.1, 2.0, 1.5.  He’s a stat-stuffer.
Snub Factor:  1.5

Al Jefferson – Big Al has been a beast.  His team is junk though, despite their recent improvement.  His 21.2 & 12.2 numbers are hard to argue with.  His lack of defense keeps this from being a slam dunk.
Snub Factor: 3.5

Chris Kaman – Without Elton Brand, Kaman has really stepped up his game.  His 17.2, 13.9, 3.0 blocks are All-Star worthy.  I’d replace Amare with Kaman personally.
Snub Factor:  5.0

Marcus Camby – Camby is having another solid year.  His 9.3, 14.3, 2.9, 3.9 blocks is awesome.  He’s such a force on defense.  I’d take Kaman over him because he does it on both ends, but Camby is worthy.
Snub Factor:  4.5

Tyson Chandler – I’m not quite sure his teammate David West belongs so it’s harder to argue for Tyson.  However, his 12.1 and 12.4 is real solid.  He doesn’t block enough shots to move past Kaman or Camby.
Snub Factor:  1.5

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Big Dog JP
    February 2nd, 2008 at 2:47 pm #

    you flipped the “u” didn’t you bigs?

  2. Colin
    February 3rd, 2008 at 4:16 pm #

    I disagree that baron is that big of a snub, I think you are misunderstanding the point of the Allstar game. It’s not all about stats or the fans. If the NBA held the Allstar game exclusively for the fans just because they wanted the fans to be happy, choosing a select few from each team (and snubbing the majority of the players) is a piss poor way to do it. Inevitably some fans are going to be so upset by their team’s snub, that they will blog about their horrible misfortune.

    Really, the Allstar game is only partially held for the fans to be proud of their team’s selection(s). It is largely a marketing event to create new legions of fans. For that reason, I agree with the selection of Roy over Davis because (in stark contrast to Roy) Davis is aging and has a history of pouting and quitting on his teams. If you were David Stern, who would you want your new fans rooting for? If you were a coach, would you choose the pouting quitter or the eager team-first overachiever?

    That said, it is really all moot because I don’t think that “Roy over Davis” was really how the decision was made. Roy is an off guard not a true point. It was really Nash, Paul and AI over Davis. (or AI over Davis)

  3. Ryan Lester
    February 3rd, 2008 at 5:17 pm #

    Colin – fair enough. AI isn’t a PG really either. He’s just built like one.

  4. Big Denny
    February 4th, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    Al Jefferson.

  5. Ryan Lester
    February 4th, 2008 at 11:52 pm #

    Jefferson has been great, but his team is such a dud. They are playing better though of late.

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