2014 NBA All-Star Team “Snubs”

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Jan 13, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) collides with San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the third quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. The Spurs defeated the Pelicans 101-95. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

 

Every year there are players that don’t make the NBA All-Star team that probably could have. Generally, they aren’t “snubs,” there simply isn’t enough room. It’s not as if there is an elite group of 12 players in each conference and then a noticeable talent gap. Each athlete that barely made it in was selected over someone who barely didn’t make the cut. This year is no different. The NBA All-Star reserves were announced yesterday, and many deserving players were not among them.

 

Western Conference Roster

  • S – Stephen Curry (GSW)
  • S – Kobe Bryant (LAL)
  • S – Kevin Durant (OKC)
  • S – Blake Griffin (LAC)
  • S – Kevin Love (MIN)
  • R – Chris Paul (LAC)
  • R – Damian Lillard (POR)
  • R – Tony Parker (SAS)
  • R – James Harden (HOU)
  • R – LaMarcus Aldridge (POR)
  • R – Dwight Howard (HOU)
  • R – Dirk Nowitzki (DAL)

 

Eastern Conference Roster

  • S – Kyrie Irving (CLE)
  • S – Dwyane Wade (MIA)
  • S – LeBron James (MIA)
  • S – Paul George (IND)
  • S – Carmelo Anthony (NYK)
  • R – John Wall (WAS)
  • R – DeMar DeRozan (TOR)
  • R – Joe Johnson (BKN)
  • R – Chris Bosh (MIA)
  • R – Roy Hibbert (IND)
  • R – Joakim Noah (CHI)
  • R – Paul Millsap (ATL)

 

So today I will identify two deserving players from each conference that were not selected to participate in the 2014 All-Star Game. I do not consider them to be snubs, because the coaches did not exclude them in favor of less talented players. Well… in the West at least. I’m still scratching my head over how Joe Johnson snuck into the Eastern lineup. We’ll get to that in a moment.

 

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