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All-Star Snubs Announced

February 10, 2012
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Rudy Gay

He’s the leading scorer (18.4 ppg) on a Memphis Grizzlies team that is at .500 despite being without its heart and soul Zach Randolph for most of the season. His leadership and embracing of the team concept has been huge for coach Lionel Hollins. Yes, Marc Gasol will be in Orlando representing Memphis…but after last year’s transformation and unpredictable run, I think this team deserves two representatives in the game. Coincidentally, the Phoenix Suns don’t even deserve one player (see Steve Nash). Rudy could easily be averaging 25 ppg but he’s stuck to the Grizz gameplan and allowed a guy like Gasol to shine. He should be rewarded for his ‘team play’ not punished.

 

Josh Smith

Smooth came into the season 25 lbs lighter than last year. While his frame on Media Day reminded people of the high-schooler who was drafted back in 2004 his attitude and maturity level did not. He’s been the glue that’s held the Atlanta Hawks together despite losing All-Star Al Horford to a shoulder injury early on. He’s giving coach Larry Drew 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. Joe Johnson got into the game based on his ‘rep’ and scoring ability, but it’s really Josh who holds this team together. While he may not be blocking as many shots as say a Serge Ibaka he’s the heart & soul of the Hawks defense. The past few years Atlanta has had 2 All-Stars (Johnson & Horford) and this year they’re arguably a better team. The coaches are too concerned with voting by position. Forget adding a center, Smith should be on instead. All-Star selections are notoriously always a year overdue and Josh was snubbed last season. Center Roy Hibbert can wait a year.

 

Ty Lawson & Kyle Lowry

These are two young lightning quick point guards leading overachieving teams to winning records (Denver Nuggets 15-12, Houston Rockets 16-11). There is a chance that their teams may even get homecourt in the first round of the playoffs. So why isn’t at least one of them getting in to the All-Star game? Easy…Steve Nash. The former MVP has gotten the nod based on reputation as well as stats…but when your team is 11-15 the stats lose their luster a bit. Plus, even in his best years, Steve was always a defensive liability. You can catch Ty and Kyle blowing by him regularly on NBA League Pass. Nash should fake an injury and bow out…he’s made for the skills challenge anyways.

For Rajon Rondo, well, that deserves an entirely separate blog…

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3 Responses to All-Star Snubs Announced

  1. JC on February 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Can’t leave Monta Ellis off that list.
    He can burn any team, any player, any given night.
    I’m not even a GS fan, just a fan of the game, and Monta is one of the elite PG/SG combos in the league.

    • Martin Knezevic on February 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      JC,
      You’re right, Monta is an elite player. If it makes you feel better I mentioned him in my All-Star predictions. The GSW record definitely hurt Ellis here. I’m dissappointed that Nash got the nod because of his great #’s on a losing team. If winning isn’t a criteria then Monta should’ve been included, right? All-Star selections are usually a yr behind, so…do you think the Warriors can win enough games to get him in next yr?
      -Knez

  2. Gregg P on February 23, 2012 at 5:47 am

    joe johnson goes down and they replace him w/ Rondo?!?! now the Celtics have 2 and the Hawks none, despite Boston being at .500 This is a joke! J-Smooth deserves a spot.

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