Though there are players who consider themselves “snubbed” when they don’t make the All Star team, this year’s squad looks to be one of the most dominant ones in quite awhile. Sure, there were players who have had All Star seasons that didn’t make the team, but a look at the two rosters makes you realize that the coaches who picked the reserves did a heck of a job choosing.
Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Jason Kidd were voted in, so you can’t complain that they didn’t deserve to make it. If someone from your favorite team didn’t make it, well, you could have voted a few more times. The eastern conference reserves will be: Joe Johnson, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, Chris Bosh, Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, and Paul Pierce.
A look at the guys who got “snubbed”: Jose Calderon, Hedo Turkoglu, Ray Allen, and Michael Redd. Some people believe that these guys are having All Star seasons, but I wouldn’t take any of them ahead of the guys chosen. The only slim possibility would be Calderon over Hamilton, but I don’t think you are going to find too many fans who care enough to complain. Well, maybe some bitter Boston fans who think that Ray Allen is having an All Star season even though it is his worst since the 1998-99 season.
The western conference coaches were in a tough spot because they did have a number of legit choices. Yao Ming, Tim Duncan, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant are the starters and will be joined by: Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, David West, Brandon Roy and Dirk Nowtizki. Each one of these guys deserved their spot, except maybe Carmelo Anthony, but again, we only have the fans to blame for that one.
The snubbed list could be an All Star team of its own, which includes Baron Davis, Manu Ginobili, Deron Williams, Marcus Camby, Josh Howard, Tyson Chandler, Shawn Marion, Tony Parker, and Stephen Jackson. Any of these guys could have made the team, but I don’t know if any of them deserve a spot over the guys who were chosen.
A few of the snubbed guys could still make the team, depending on injuries. As of right now, Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are all a little banged up, so we’ll see if anything else comes up. Even if nothing does, it’s going to be one heck of a game.