5 San Antonio Spurs Players Who Should Be In All-Star Weekend
5 San Antonio Spurs Players Who Should Participate In All-Star Weekend
With the 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans looming, the starters for the East and West teams have been revealed. The three-point shootout, skills challenge, rising stars game and dunk contest have not had contestants released yet. The San Antonio Spurs are not known for having flashy players that people want to watch in All-Star Weekend, but they do have some players who qualify.
For the 16th time in his career, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has been chosen as a starter for the west. But the conversation in underway regarding whether or not Bryant should relinquish his spot due to the lack of action this season. If Kobe does sit out, should the Spurs' Tony Parker replace him?
It seems as though the NBA is trying to bring in more viewers with a young batch of superstars this year. The game will feature four newbies such as Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Love of the Minesota Timberwolves, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Six players received higher votes than Parker as the Spurs guard received a total of 195,328. The only other Spurs player to receive votes was Kawhi Leonard with 91,859.
Parker ranks among the top 15 point guards in the league in the assists and free-throw percentage categories. His 18.2 points per game has him currently top five in among point guards. At age 32, Parker is no newbie, but his stats speak loud and clear. The man still has game and is a rightful candidate if Kobe chooses to give up his spot for good. Now let's take a look at some other Spurs who should be in New Orleans this February.
5. Patty Mills
Patty Mills has been a fire-cracker off the bench for the Spurs. His role as facilitator and ball-handler would make him a prime option for the All-Star weekend Skills Challenge. Mills is averaging 1.6 assists off the bench this season.
4. Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli is shooting an outrageous 49.3 percent from behind the arc this season. His marksmanship would make him a dark horse in the Three-point Shootout Contest.
3. Kawhi Leonard
With the recent injury to his hand, Kawhi Leonard will most likely be an observer of the All-Star weekend festivities, but Leonard had quite a few dunks during his 11.6 points per game. His laid-back style coupled with his athleticism may have made for a Dunk Contest to remember.
2. Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan was previously named to 13 consecutive NBA All-Star games and ranks fifth in rebounds for NBA All-Star Game history. It would benefit the league to have the legend in the All-Star Game for one more go-round.
1. Tony Parker
Tony Parker has made a case all season for being a starter in the NBA All-Star Game. But of course the head office of the NBA will have the final say on who would replace Kobe Bryant, and they would probably lean to the more popular players such as James Harden of the Houston Rockets or Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. But at the end of the day, Parker still has it and could put on quite a show if given the chance.