Every year when the All-Star team is announced, a little part of me dies. It’s painful to see NBA fans reward popularity instead of production. This is supposed to be a nation of the middle class, a class where people hope to be able to earn their monetary compensation through work and effort. However, this same class of people has voted Allen Iverson into this year’s staring line up, and has Jason Kidd starting over Chauncey Billups. While those are two great guys who have earned their share of All-star starting nominations, this year they were elected because of what they have done in the past and not because of what they are doing in the present.
So to give a little refuge to those players out there who didn’t make the cut for the 2008 NBA All-star team, I have my list of snubs and why they should have made it. You can judge for yourself whether or not you think NBA fans (and the coaches and players who pick the reserves) got it right.
Josh Howard – He is having a great season and he should have been rewarded for it. He is averaging 21 points per game, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. He also is asked to guard the other team’s best players and does an outstanding job of it. He is the 3rd most efficient player at his position in the NBA, and he should be on the Western Conference’s all-star team!
Baron Davis – I mean really? They put Allen Iverson on this team over Baron Davis? Where is the justice? Baron Davis is having a season for the ages. He is averaging 22 points, and. 8 assists. And his 2.4 assist show his newly found commitment to the defensive end of the ball. On top of that, he is pulling down 5 rebounds per game. I know Allen Iverson is averaging 27 points and 7 assists, but he also coughing up 3 turnovers and his team is grossly underperforming, in large part due to his running of the offense. BD is thriving in Golden State, and he has the team headed for the playoffs. I think this is a no brainer, but I don’t get all the votes.
Jose Calderon – I’ve been promoting him all season. He is what a point guard is supposed to be. His numbers are unbelievable; with the best stat being that he gets assist on 43% of his uses and turns the ball over on only 7.8% of his possessions. That is amazing, and something that no other point guard can claim. Not even the great Steve Nash. Not that he should start over Nash, but he is in the Eastern Conference, and should be on the team over J-Kidd.
Marcus Camby – Do I even really have to point this out? The reigning defensive MVP and the man in the lead to win it again this year, is not an All-Star. It just goes to show how the fans, players, and coaches regard defense. The next time I hear someone complain about a player not playing defense, I will fervently point out that the NBA society has made it pointless to care about doing anything other than scoring, and t his snub is evidence of that.