2014 NBA All-Star Game Snubs

1/31/14 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

When the NBA announces the All-Star teams each season, there are always a litany of complaints from fans and players about who got ripped off by being excluded from the teams. The fans select the starters, so we - as fans - can't really complain about those results, and the coaches - who clearly know more about the game than we do - pick the bench players, which makes the selections kind of tough to argue. There are still plenty of players, however, who legitimately could (and arguably should) have been named to the All-Star team. Here is a list of some of the All-Star snubs, and who they could have replaced on the All-Star rosters:

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EASTERN CONFERENCE

PG Jeff Teague (ATL): 
I'm going to start with the players who have the weakest case for being All-Stars, working my way up to the biggest snubs. Teague is having a fine year for the fourth-seeded Hawks, averaging career bests in points (16.2) and assists (7.3) while adding 1.3 steals per game. He could easily be plugged into this roster in place of Joe Johnson, who is averaging less points (15.7) and way less assists (2.8) and steals (0.5) for a team with a worse record. If the coaches didn't want to put two Hawks in the All-Star game, you could make a case for Teague over Paul Millsap, though most would probably say that Millsap has the edge there.


Blog Photo - 2014 NBA All-Star Game SnubsC Al Jefferson (CHA): Believe it or not, the Bobcats are currently in playoff position in the weak Eastern Conference, and Jefferson is the focal point of their team. He leads Charlotte in points (19.3), rebounds (10.5), and blocks (1.3) while shooting 48.6% from the field. You could easily make a case for Jefferson to have made the team over Paul MillsapJoakim NoahChris Bosh, and maybe even Roy Hibbert.

PG Kyle Lowry (TOR): A lot of people are treating Lowry like the snub of the century, and while I do understand where they are coming from, I don't see it as that big of a deal. I definitely believe that he is more deserving than Joe Johnson, but if he were to replace Johnson, that would put the entire Raptors starting backcourt in the All-Star game, which may be a bit over the top. The only other player who Lowry has a case against is teammate DeMar DeRozan, who leads the Raptors in scoring. I see Lowry and DeRozan as pretty neck and neck for an All-Star bid, so I'm not too fed up with Lowry missing out.

SG Lance Stephenson (IND): His numbers don't jump off the stat sheet immediately, but take a closer look. The Pacers have the best record in the East, and Stephenson ranks second in points, first in assists, and a close second in rebounds for Indiana. He does this while shooting an impressive 49.9% from the field. I wrote a few weeks ago about how Stephenson is the player who gets the Pacers rolling, and if you look at that article, you'll feel Stephenson is even more deserving of an All-Star nod. You could probably make a case for Stephenson over every East reserve, and I thought that John Wall was the only reserve more deserving.
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