Making it to the All-Star has to be one of the greatest honors in a player’s career, especially when it comes year after year with the chance to represent his team and conference and entertain the fans in one of the most fun weekends in major sports.
Sadly, there are just so many incredible talents in the NBA and a limited number of roster spots, so obviously, not all great players actually get the chance to make the All-Star game regardless of how good they play.
Sometimes fans make popular players go ahead of players that deserve it the most, or injuries, lack of charisma or a poor record from a small market team also take a toll. This year won’t be the exception, and that’s why we’re going to let you know our predictions for the top 5 guys snubbed from each conference.
Kyle Lowry has really emerged as a very good ball handler and playmaker and he has taken the Toronto Raptors to distance alongside DeMar DeRozan over the last couple of years, but he’s not as flashy as you’d like to see in the All-Star.
Besides, he’s lost a lot of respect from fans due to his constant no-shows in the playoffs, but he still deserves a shot at the All-Star game after averaging almost 7 assists per game in one of the best teams in the conference.
Let’s face it: nobody likes Hassan Whiteside. Of course, he’s a great rim protector, but he doesn’t actually help his team and is the kind of player that just piles up stats rather than trying to do what’s best for the Miami Heat.
So, besides shot blocking and some inflated stats, he’s actually not worthy of an All-Star spot, regardless of how much of a lobby the Heat wants to make to get him there. Besides, his blocks per game has also taken a dip.
Aaron Gordon is having the best season of his young career so far, but being the best player in the Orlando Magic won’t get you anywhere unless you’re Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O’Neal or Dwight Howard during his prime.
Gordon has improved his game in every area and is currently averaging 19.3 points, 8.3 boards, 2.1 dimes and almost 1 steal in 55% from the floor and 57% from beyond the arc, but he’s still not going to get to the All-Star.
Dwight Howard is arguably the lone Hall of Famer that doesn’t have any fanbase supporting him, and he’s made way more enemies than friend during his NBA career so far despite being one of the most productive big men in the league.
Now, he’s pretty much at a dead end at top of the Charlotte Hornets, and even though he has some decent averages of over 15 points, 13 boards and 1 block, it’s been a long time since he’s been All-Star material.
Al Horford is the typical player that gives you a lot in the hardwood but isn’t really nice to watch, making him go underneath the table despite being one of the most versatile and gifted big men in the Association and the second best player in the Boston Celtics.
Horford can rebound, score, stretch the floor and is a very willing passer, averaging 14.6 points, almost 10 boards and over 4 helpers per game. Still, with Kyrie stealing most of the highlights, he’s unlikely to make it to his 5th All-Star.
Carmelo Anthony has to be one of the players that suffer the most when it comes to his personal accolades now that he’s decided to play alongside All-Star duo Paul George and Russell Westbrook, and he’s very unlikely to make it to this game after returning to the West.
Melo doesn’t get the respect he deserves and now that his scoring has taken a major dip, all the votes are pretty much going to be headed towards Westbrook and George, despite Anthony being the guy that’s sacrificed the most to be there.
Rudy Gobert is the best defensive center in the league. Period. Sadly for him, the defense doesn’t sell jerseys nowadays and fans don’t want to see shots getting block this years, as they rather this games to be a slugfest and three-point contests.
That’s why one of the most talented players in the league and the current leader in swats is going to be once again one of the biggest snubs from the game, despite averaging a double-double in over 60% from the floor to go along with 2.5 blocks per game.
Jimmy Butler has been a borderline All-Star for a couple of years now, as he’s barely made the team and hasn’t even played that much during those matchups, and now that he’s the third offensive option in the Minnesota Timberwolves, he’s definitely not making the squad.
Butler has never been a flashy shooter nor a master of the crossover, and even though he’s one of the best two-way players in the Association, he’s not exciting enough to make the team, especially playing behind Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Just like the aforementioned Rudy Gobert, DeAndre Jordan doesn’t have much of an offensive game, and even though he can get people excited with his poster dunks, he’s not offensively gifted enough to make people actually vote for him to get into the ASG.
Besides, Jordan’s numbers have taken a dip with Chris Paul outta town, and even his blocked shots per game have gone down. DJ will still be an elite rim protector, but considering the Lob City era is over, we wouldn’t count on him making the team again.
LaMarcus Aldridge is having a very good year now that Kawhi Leonard’s sidelined, but as soon as the Klaw comes back, he’s going to see his touches reduced a lot, and he’s going to get frustrated and spoiled once again like he did the prior campaign.
Aldridge is a capable scorer but he’s not an elite big man, especially in the crowded Western Conference. With guys like Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, there’s simply no room for Aldridge in the West, and he’ll be back on the trade rumors as soon as Leonard makes his comeback.