The 2014 NBA All Star rosters were announced Thursday night and as usual, the league got it wrong once again.
While New York Knicks fans don’t really have anything to complain about by only having Carmelo Anthony in the game, fans in New Orleans, Indiana, Toronto, Charlotte and Sacramento have a real beef.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the five biggest All-Star Snubs.
Honorable Mentions: Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns; Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, Arron Afflalo, Orlando Magic; Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
5. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
The Western Conference decided to keep four guards and while Chris Paul is deserving, he has missed a lot of games due to injury. If Paul is a no-brainer than either Damian Lillard or Tony Parker should have been left off the team for a big man.
Cousins has a beef but not a big one as his Sacramento Kings are only 15-30 on the season and you have to win to get an All-Star nod.
However his numbers are certainly All-Star worthy.
Cousins is averaging 22.6 points and 11.6 rebounds and posting a 26.6 PER that ranks No. 6 in the NBA. He is one of only four players averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds and is the only of the NBA’s Top 10 scorers not to make the All-Star team.
The Western Conference’s frontcourt is loaded with talent and ultimately Cousins being on a losing team played a role in his snub.
Kobe Bryant will have to be replaced on the roster, but his spot shouldn’t go to Cousins, it should go to someone further down the list.
4. Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats
Not many people have realized the fact that Jefferson is the most productive center in the Eastern Conference at the moment. He also has Charlotte on the verge of making the playoffs in the weak East at the moment.
Jefferson is averaging 19.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and has a PER of 21.62, numbers that are way better than Bosh’s and Joakim Noah‘s.
If you are taking the best players in each conference, which is supposed to be the goal, it is a joke that Jefferson didn’t make the team and a guy like Bosh did.
Once again the failed and got it wrong.
3. Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers
The fourth-year guard is arguably the leading candidate for the Most Improved Player award, as his all-around output — 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 49.9 percent shooting, and 34.4 percent three-point shooting represents career high marks across the board.
The best team in the NBA is supposed to get rewarded with All-Star’s but despite outperforming the Miami Heat all season long, the Heat were rewarded with three All-Stars while the Pacers got only two.
I’m sure we will hear Stephenson’s name linked to potential All-Star appearances in the future, but his first selection should have come this season.