Deserved All-Stars Given the Cold Shoulder

The NBA All-Star game this year will have plenty of solid candidates left out. But first, lets start with the players who actually made the team.

Western Conference Starters

Guard: Stephen Curry

Guard: Kobe Bryant (injured and will be replaced)

Forward: Anthony Davis

Forward: Blake Griffin

Forward: Marc Gasol

Eastern Conference Starters

Guard: John Wall

Guard: Kyle Lowry

Forward: Pau Gasol

Forward: Lebron James

Forward: Carmelo Anthony

Western Conference All-Star Reserves

Guard: James Harden

Guard: Russell Westbrook

Forward: Kevin Durant

Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge

Forward: Tim Duncan

Wild Card: Klay Thompson

Wild Card: Chris Paul

Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves

Guard: Jimmy Butler

Guard: Jeff Teague

Forward: Paul Millsap

Forward: Al Horford

Forward: Chris Bosh

Wild Card: Kyrie Irving

Wild Card: Dwayne Wade (injured and might be replaced)

Unrecognized All-Stars

Damian Lillard: Lillard clearly deserved the spot on the All-Star team by the way he has been playing. He has averaged 21.8 points, 6.2 assists, and 4.6 rebounds and helping the Portland Trail Blazers get the 3rd best record in the West. He recently had an outstanding performance against the San Antonio Spurs and has been a huge part of the reason the Blazers are where they are now.

Mike Conley: Conley not making a roster spot doesn’t surprise me as much as Lillard. Conley doesn’t have any highlight reels or doesn’t do anything too fancy on the court. He’s just a solid player. He averaged 17.4 points, 5.6 assists and has helped the Grizzlies achieve the 2nd best record in the west.

DeMarcus Cousins: 23.8 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. Those are his stats. How he does not have a spot on the All-Star team is beyond me. The Sacramento Kings are a subpar team, which could explain his absence from a roster spot. But then again, Duncan made the team and he had 14.7 points and 10.7 rebounds. This only adds to the question of whether or not the All-Star Game is selected by popularity.

Kyle Korver: The Atlanta Hawks are a surprising team this year and he is a big reason why they have done so well. Korver has averaged 13 points and 3.1 3-pointers per game. He is a huge 3-point threat and has helped build the comfortable lead the Hawks over the rest of the East.

Brandon Knight: Brandon Knight deserves a spot on the All-Star roster solely for his role in turning around the Milwaukee Bucks this year. The Bucks host a 23-22 record and don’t have their rookie prospect Jabari Parker. Knight is averaging 17.9 points and 5.1 assists per game. His small market team doesn’t help his case for being an All Star unfortunately.

Everyone who made the team is capable of being an All-Star, which makes it hard to make a case for any of the guys listed above. I wouldn’t cut anyone from the current team and replace them with the players who I feel got left out, but if there was more room on the team, the players above would be my first choice.

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