2014 NBA All-Star Game: 5 Biggest Snubs
NBA All-Star 2014: Five Biggest Snubs
The reserves for the 2014 NBA All-Star game have been named. As usual, there was great talent missing on both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference squads. On the other hand, some undeserving players managed to make the team. If making the All-Star game reflected players' stats, fans would be happier with the outcome. In reality, other questionable factors come into play. Success and popularity are two of those factors. It may be wrong to make selections based on those things, but it has been this way for a long time.
The NFL's version of the All-Star game, the Pro Bowl, underwent some serious changes due to a failing product. The NBA All-Star game is more popular, but it may need some surgery of its own to fix some of the issues. Kobe Bryant got enough votes to be named a starter after missing most of the season thus far. This shows just how confusing the selection process can be. The fans have the choice to vote for the starters, which is not a bad thing, but it loses credibility when injured players make the starting lineup.
There is no clear fix to the situation. We can only hope that fans start to make wiser decisions with their power to vote. The head coaches from each conference are also a part of the problem, seeing as their votes decide who comes off the bench. If any changes were to be made, more power should be given to the players in the NBA. Since there is no changing what is set in stone, here is my list of the five biggest All-Star snubs this year.
5. David Lee
David Lee has been down this road before, so this is no surprise to him or anyone else. What is a surprise is that Dirk Nowitzki made the team instead.
Lee's stats: 19.0 PPG, 9.8 RPG and 2.2 APG
Nowitzki's stats: 21.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 2.9 APG
4. Isaiah Thomas
Blame popularity, or lack thereof, for Isaiah Thomas' All-Star snubbing. Tony Parker and Chris Paul are better known, but Thomas has individually been more impressive than either point guard in my opinion. Paul is out with an injury, which should have mattered, but did not make a difference in this case. Thomas deserves recognition for his hard work; even though his team has not been as good, there should have been room left for him on the All-Star roster.
Thomas' stats: 19.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG and 6.3 APG
Paul's stats: 19.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 11.2 APG (injured)
Parker's stats: 18.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG and 6.2 APG
3. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis has to take the back seat to three big men who have been less productive than he has been so far this season. Chris Bosh, Roy Hibbert and Joakim Noah all have spots on the All-Star roster because their team has a better record than Davis' New Orleans Pelicans. This snubbing highlights the issues with the player selection process, proving that a change needs to come soon.
Davis' stats: 20.4 PPG, 10.4 RPG and 3.3 BLKPG
Bosh's stats: 16.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG and 1.0 BLKPG
Hibbert's stats: 12.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 2.5 BLKPG
Noah's stats: 11.7 PPG, 11.4 RPG and 4.4 APG
2. Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic is another victim of popularity. Playing for the Phoenix Suns does not come with many benefits. Although he is the leader of a vastly improved team, his production continues to be overshadowed by other team's success. Damian Lillard's selection made sure that Dragic would have to wait. Instead, it should have been Lillard waiting for a chance to shine.
Dragic's stats: 50.0 FG%, 19.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG and 6.1 APG
Lillard's stats: 41.7 FG%, 20.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG and 5.6 APG
1. DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins' snubbing could be attributed to many factors, including his disdain with NBA officials and coaches. In addition, playing with the Sacramento Kings makes it hard to find the spotlight. Maybe if it were not for Dwight Howard's popularity, Cousins could be the starting center for the Western All-Stars. As this year's biggest snub, Cousins may have to get familiar with the disappointment.
Cousins' stats: 22.6 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.8 STLPG and 1.2 BLKPG
Howard's stats: 18.1 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.9 STLPG and 1.7 BLKPG