2013 NBA All-Star Game Snubs

2013 All-Star Game Snubs

1/24/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The NBA All-Star team reserves were announced on Thursday night, so we now know the full All-Star rosters for both the Eastern and Western Conference teams. You know what that means - we all get to complain about who didn't make it. Here is a list of players that arguably could have been selected for the All-Star team. I'm not saying that all of these players should have made the team, but I do think a case could be made for any of them.

Western Conference
January 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) makes a layup in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) in the first quarter at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 104-99. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Stephen Curry (GS): 
The Warriors are an impressive - and surprising - 26-15 this season, good for 5th in the Western Conference. Curry is the guy on the Warriors, leading the team with 20.9 points per game (5th most in the West) and 6.6 assists. His 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals aren't too shabby either. He's turned into the type of player that you go out of your way to watch. He's been sensational this year. Teammate David Lee made the team, deservingly so, but I thought Curry should have been there with him.

Jamal Crawford (LAC): Crawford has been huge for his Clippers, who currently sit at 3rd place in the West. His 16.6 points per game are tied for second on the team, as well as the second most bench points per game in the NBA. His ability to come into the game and immediately provide a spark of instant offense has been essential to the Clippers' success so far this season.

Serge Ibaka (OKC): Once thought of as a strict defense/rebounding paint presence, Ibaka has added a ton of offense to his game, making him invaluable to the 33-10 Thunder. His points per game have jumped up to 14.0, and his shooting percentage (56%) has gone up with it. He also adds 8.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks a night. He's definitely become one of the best all-around big men in the West.

Al Jefferson (UTA): The young Utah Jazz have found their way to a 23-19 record, positioning themselves for the playoffs as the 7th team in the West. How's that, you ask? Well, in large part it's thanks to their leading scorer and rebounder, Al Jefferson. Big Al is posting 17.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, while also providing a good amount of steals (1.0), blocks (1.1), and assists (2.1 - very solid for a center).

Marc Gasol/Rudy Gay (MEM): The Grizzlies are currently 4th in the Western Conference, and there's not one individual player that stands out statistically. Zach Randolph made the All-Star team, but you could definitely make a case for Gasol and Gay as well. Gasol is a great inside presence, especially defensively - he's averaging 13.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks. He's even averaging 3.5 assists - a great number for a center. Gay, on the other hand, is the team's leading scorer with 17.3 points, and also adds 6.0 rebounds a game. Both players have been vital to the success of the Grizzlies, and could have been All-Stars this season.
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1/25/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

mcleodglen wrote:
as wile as this may sound, i don't think anybody from the lakers should be selected.

the fans vote for them.  you can't silence a majority view point on anyone.

1/25/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

As a Warriors fan, I'm kinda surprised that Curry was left off the West's roster, That being said, I could care less about the All-Star game and hope the apparent snub somehow gives him further motivation in the second half of the season.

1/25/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

as wile as this may sound, i don't think anybody from the lakers should be selected.

1/25/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

guess you have to blame the fans