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Who got snubbed? Some All-Star roster changes

Feb 9, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

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The All-Star rosters are out. The NBA coaches — who select the All-Star reserves — went with the old guard, the tried and true, and the guys whose names we know. Whether or not their play merited it this year.

They ignored younger players who deserved it this year.

There should be changes.

Here are the biggest snubs and how we’d get them on the roster:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

IN: Rajon Rondo (Boston): The question was health — if he was healthy he was going to be in, and he’s back leading the Celtics after missing eight games. He’s been the Celtics one-man fast break and is giving them 13.6 points (at 50 percent shooting) and 9.8 assists per game. He defends, he organizes. He’s one of the best point guards in the game.

OUT: Luol Deng (Chicago): He’s a glue guy who has had a good season — and I get wanting to reward the East leading Bulls. I do. But Andre Iguodala is a better version of Deng and he is already on the roster, you don’t need another one. This is a case of rewarding the team and not the player.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

IN: Kyle Lowry (Houston): Maybe it is the record, McHale. He had a shooting slump, but this guy has been an elite point guard this season and the reason the Rockets are the four seed in the West as you read this. He’s giving Houston 14.8 points, 7.9 assists and even 5.8 rebounds per game, plus being a consummate floor general.

OUT: Tony Parker (San Antonio): Parker is having a good season — whoever you leave out of the Lowry/Parker/Steve Nash triangle could make a case they belong. You can make a case for Brandon Jennings while we are at it. Nash is putting up great numbers but he can only lift that roster so far, is that on him or the team? Parker carries a heavy burden this season in San Antonio but he has some veterans stepping up like Tim Duncan to help him, Lowry is doing it with less.

IN: Paul Millsap (Utah): We can make a case for Rudy Gay here too (with Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge on the roster we could use some slashing forwards) but Millsap just deserves this more. Millsap is averaging 16.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, shooting 52 percent. He is the best player on a surprising Jazz side.

OUT: Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas): He even said he didn’t want to be there. Look at it this way — Millsap has a PER of 24.2, Nowitzki 19.2. Dirk is averaging one more point per game but is shooting worse (47.9 percent) and provides fewer rebounds. It’s not that Nowitzki is having a bad season, but selecting him is more about what he has done in the last than what he has done this year.

  1. nickswish33 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    For Kyle Lowry i think you meant 7.9 assists not points and where is Rubio I need to see a Rubio to Griffen alley oop

  2. Josh - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Hey Kurt, Brandon Jennings plays in the EAST.

  3. pudgalvin - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Oh this is gonna fire Bulls fans up Kurt. I’ll give my argument for Deng over Iguodala. You say Iggy’s a better version, but Lou has more points and more rebounds per game, same EFF. Less assists, but he handles it a lot less than Iguodala. I would say they’re pretty comparable defenders, Iggy is a little quicker, Deng is probably a little stronger. Throw in the the Bulls have the best record in the East despite playing more road games and more games overall than anyone. Putting Iguodala in is rewarding a team just as much as Deng is.

    P.S. Have you watched the Bulls since Lou came back? I know they’ve been playing some bad teams, but they have absolutely been blowing the doors off of teams. They’ve lead by at least 26 points in each of the last three games. They haven’t led by double digits for 8 minutes out of the last 144 minutes. That’s pretty good, regardless of who you’re playing.

    • sasquash20 - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      As a Celtics hater I say keep Iggy and Deng on the all star team over that punk Rando. Iggy and Deng are maybe two of the best defenders in the league. I think your team would be lucky to have either. As a Sixers fan I’m happy for Iggy to make an all star team. He is the first Sixer in 6 seasons to make the all star team. But also as a Sixer fan I wish Iggy would turn it down and WORK ON THOSE FREE THROWS. He would easily average 3-5 more points a game if he could hit them. I have dogged Iggy for years because I always thought he was trying to do too much. This season he is playing smart team ball. Thanks in large part to Doug Collins (who I think is the run away favorite for coach of the year). Deng scores more but I wonder if Rose wasn’t the main focal point if that wouldn’t effect his scoring numbers. Iggy is the guy teams try to shut down, and to his credit he has done a good job distributing the ball. I love the way both guys are playing this year and think they both deserve the spot on the All Star team. To hell with any Boston Celtic!

    • tcclark - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:37 AM

      He has 3 more points on 4 more shots per game. Iguodala’s shooting a higher percentage so if iguodala was asked to shoot more, he would presumably average more points. He also has more than twice the amount of assists than Deng has and is a better defender. Lou is a great defender, but Iguodala is a step ahead. If you watched him on Kobe in the second half the other day, you would understand. He doesn’t give you any room and is quick enough to keep up when you try to go by. He also has extremely quick hands and strips and deflects balls all game. he is the best defender in the league. He proves it night in and night out.

  4. mlblogsbig3bosox - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    It’s funny how Kyle Lowry averages 14.8 points and 7.9 points. Does that make it 22.7 ppg then?

    • willardj - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      Yeah, you’d figure Kurt would give his articles at least one more read through before submitting it. It reminds me of handing in essays in middle school where I would print it out the second I finished.

      • royistheboy - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        It’s writers like Kurt that really separate PBT from the NBA writers on ESPN and even sites like SlamOnline.

  5. glink123 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    I guess if you feel Deng isn’t an All-Star this year, you’ve just automatically given Derrick Rose his 2nd straight MVP award. Consider the Bulls have had the best record in the NBA for the past 15 months in a row. Yeah, that’s almost 500 consecutive days. If you don’t feel Deng is an All-Star, than if Derrick Rose is the ONLY All-Star on a team with the best record in the league for nearly 500 consecutive days, then Rose is CLEARLY the Most VALUABLE Player in the NBA. Again.

    • david8726 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      First of all, your facts are wrong about them having the best record in the NBA for that long. OKC was ahead of them earlier this year.

      Secondly, you’re not giving the bulls supporting players nearly enough credit. There might not be any true all stars other than rose on the team, but as a group they play a smothering brand of defense that often carries them to wins, regardless of what Rose does. They’ve won most of their games when Rose hasn’t played this year because of this.

      I could switch Derrick Rose out for a lot of players in the NBA, and that Bulls teams would still have one of the top 3 records in the NBA.

      If I replaced Rose right now with LeBron, Dwade, Kobe, or Kevin Durant, I don’t think there is any doubt that that bulls team would be just as good as it is now. And in the case of LeBron, I’d argue that it would actually be better.

      • pudgalvin - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        What happens when you pair Rose with Wade and Bosh then?

      • david8726 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        You’d have a really, really good team, that’s for sure.

        Remember though that you can’t just add Wade and Bosh to Chicago and keep the rest of the team as is. The salary cap doesn’t allow it. Some guys would need to be removed from that roster to allow the money to work. Could you keep Noah, for example? Deng? I don’t know the answers to those questions.

  6. glink123 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    By the way, how exactly do you even consider LaBwon or DuhWaine for MVP, when the team has THREE All-Stars? You can bench any 2 of the 3 players (Bawsh, Wayde, LeJaymes), and LeHeat still wins 7 of 10. Not exactly critical components.

    • david8726 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Because Lebron has just been better by a huge margin?

      It’s not even arguable. Don’t get me wrong, Rose is a great player. But LeBron plays an all around game that Rose just doesn’t have. And the numbers bear that out.

    • tcclark - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      I think you make a decent case, and it makes sense (somewhat), but I hate when people make up stupid nicknames for people like this so i gave you a thumbs down.

      • mytthor - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM

        I agree. The nickname thing is the most juvenile thing to me.

  7. glink123 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    P.S. the next person who calls Deng a “glue guy” gets punched in the face. Seriously, I’ve heard it a dozen times in the past week. Does everyone just regurgitate the same press clippings or what?

    • raidmagic - Feb 10, 2012 at 7:42 AM

      Deng is a glue guy…glue guy…glue guy…glue guy…lol

    • royistheboy - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Agreed. You could say he has “glue guy” stats, because he contributes across the board, but he can defend multiple positions well, and has various ways to attack on offense. Not sure this was the year he should have made it, but he’s definitely deserving of at least one All-Star appearance in his career.

      Finally, Kurt Helin has made a career out of regurgitating press clippings.

  8. glink123 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    I agree that LeBron is putting up monster numbers. His shooting percentage is going to be historic for a 30 ppg average. But he’s got two all-stars along side him in the starting line-up. He should be putting up those numbers. Take Wade and Bosh off the roster for 82 games, and let’s see his numbers. Then we’ll talk MVP.

    • CJ - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      perhaps I’m mistaken, but I believe he’s already proven to be an MVP without Wade and Bosh on the roster.

  9. glink123 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    If you pair Rose with Wade and Bosh, then none of those three are considered for MVP. It’s that simple. What’s so valuable about any one of them, when (if) all three of them are on the same team?

  10. mistercharitystripe34 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    [quote]I could switch Derrick Rose out for a lot of players in the NBA, and that Bulls teams would still have one of the top 3 records in the NBA. [/quote]

    That’s ridiculous. It’s one thing if you don’t like a player, but this is just total disrespect to how good of a player Rose is. Rajon Rondo is a great PG, but I bet the Bulls aren’t a 50 win team (in a normal schedule) with him versus Rose. There’s no way to truly quantify a player’s worth to a team other than by just watching the actual games and looking at the results. People can whine and complain about PER and things like that, but Rose (and their excellent defense) all the Bulls do is win.

    Luol Deng is the second best player on the best team in the East. He’s vastly improved his shooting and play-making in general. He’s an excellent defender and is a great team player (whether playing with the starters or the bench mob). He’s similar to Pippen in that he’s long, athletic and can defend three or four positions on the court. Iguodala is similar so I’m surprised both of them made the team, but with this weird season we were bound to see it play out just as weird in the All-Star game.

  11. tcclark - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Rondo defends???????? No, Rondo steals.

    Sometimes i wonder if you know what defense is…

  12. trey14jewels - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Have you been watching the same NBA as the rest of us? Luol Deng is the best 2 way SF outside of Lebron James. He is way more deserving than Andre Iguodala who is the real example of rewarding a team (you even said it yourself when you originally posted the reserves). Rondo should have Iggy’s or D-Will’s (terrible team) spot.

    • tcclark - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Not only does Iguodala fill up a stat sheet, but he does so many things that don’t show up. He defends extremely well, he deflects passes, he sets up assists for other teammates really well, he runs the fast break better than almost anyone. He can really do anything he wants. If he wanted to score 20 a game, he could shoot the ball 20 times like Carmelo or Monta and do it, but he cares more about winning than individual statistics. He’s deserved this for years.

    • bozosforall - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Rondo shouldn’t have either guy’s spot.

  13. asublimeday - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    If I replaced Rose right now with LeBron, Dwade, Kobe, or Kevin Durant, I don’t think there is any doubt that that bulls team would be just as good as it is now. And in the case of LeBron, I’d argue that it would actually be better.
    ————-
    There’s plenty of doubt, and you’d be wrong.

    LeChoke only beats roses numbers because of his freakish size. Rose does so, so much more towards improving his teammates and actually creating wins. The Bulls could not possibly be better without rose, short of throwing Jordan in there at PG.

  14. skinzfan21 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Wow Kurt……..Iggy is a better version of Deng??? Iggy isn’t even a better version of himself! I would like to hope that was a typo on your part…..no way he deserves to be on that allstar team ahead of Deng! Either provide the numbers to backup your statement or stop the nonsense! Deng is much more effective in his role on a team with the best record, whereas Iggy gets an allstar nod for a team where the 6th man (Lou williams) does more for that 76ers team! Come on Kurt, try harder next time

    • tcclark - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Lou Williams scores 2 more points a game and that is all he does for them. Iguodala does everything for that team. He is the leader, he is the best wing defender in the NBA (yes better than Deng), he’s a better passer, a great rebounder, in the past two years he has the second most triple doubles in the NBA, behind Lebron, he steals more, he runs the fast break, he does everything asked of him. If he wanted to score like Deng, he could shoot the extra 4 shots per game that Deng shoots, and average 16, but he doesn’t. That isn’t his role. Stop looking at scoring when trying to determine who’s better. Actually watch basketball.

  15. steelerfanforlife - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    If you want to say Deng doesn’t deserve to be there because he misses too many games with injuries fine. But you’re just a troll looking for posts by saying Andre Iguodala is better than Luol Deng! You’re a sports writer, act like one you Dbag!!

  16. jjordannba - Feb 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    1st things 1st Carmelo shouldn’t even be starting, But the fans always do this. And Dwill should not be in over Rondo who is the 2nd best PG in the East. And yeah Rondo missed 8 games but Deng and Wade missed games as well so im not getting it here

  17. finsphan - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Parker shouldn’t be in because he has help from duncan? So by that logic, lebron, wade and bosh should all be off the all star roster then huh. Parker is carrying the spurs on his back without manu, id say parker deserves some mvp talk this season

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