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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: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:26 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Ellis is the biggest snub and he wasn't mentioned on the list, hmmm....

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:06 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

kyrie - he shoulda made it but 1st picks arent worthy of anything but scorn anymore

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:02 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Greg Monroe, to me, was probably the biggest snub.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:09 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Man, I give you credit Royce, I think this is a fantastic list. Two of the players you named I thought immediately--like you--seriously, they didn't get in!? Harden and Lowry. I'm sick of seeing Parker and Nash over and over, they are having good years but Lowry has just been extraordinary, and Harden is easily the best 6th man/starting guard in the league. Dirk shouldn't be there either, he has been terrible this year. I would have loved it if Josh Smith made it in the East but I was hyped to see several new players such as Hibbert, the other AI, and Deng make it. I agree Brandon should be there also, but he's in a tough spot with the other players there. It is embarrassing that Anthony is in there at all, Josh or Brandon should have taken his spot, but that's what voting does for you. I also agree that someone from the Jazz should be there, whether it is Millsap or Jefferson.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:55 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

This game is suppose to be for the fans so they want to see top stars and players from successful teams.

That's a heckuva an assumption, and I'd guess, a wrong one.  Most basketball fans want to see the best basketball players, regardless of what team they're on.  

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:53 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

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.
This would actually be really funny if the Lakers weren't such a pedestrian 15-11.  Doesn't play when they're average. 

You do realize that the Paul trade was blocked by the team's owners, right?  Those would be the NBA owners, who had a right to seek a better deal.  

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:31 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Are you kidding me!!     Linas Kleiza   GOT THE SNOB!! 

Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:54 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Yup was talking about the East as the West PFs wouldn't prevent Anderson from an All-Star bid. His numbers across the board are great. And with Dwight on the team nobody's going to get a ton of rebounds.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:53 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

I understand that all the good ones can't get in,but leaving Monta out is a travesty.Day in and day out here are very few players that could control a game by himself.We got Kobe,Lebron,Wade,Rose and maybe Durant in a class by themselves.Monta belongs in the next teer.How bout an all start game US vs the I would pay to see that!!!!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:08 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

I like Jennings but I think Monta Ellis got the biggest snub.  Ridiculous who he is left off the team again while the same guys every year get to go no matter the season they are having - Parker, Nash and worst of Nowitzki.  You have lost me NBA...the strike was a joke and now you have an All Star game after a little over month's worth of games....and then the selection of players is just stupid.  I will definitley not be watching this stupid-ass All Star game.  Pro Bowl either after that pathetic performance. 

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