The NBA’s All-Star weekend is all about fun and entertaining the fans, with several different games and events taking place to give players some rest while the media and fandom have a great time in their local arena.
Back in the day, it was also a chance for the best players in the world to prove themselves, playing beside each other instead of against one another, and trying to impose their dominance over their opponents.
Nowadays, the game has become way softer and it’s pretty much a bucket fest right now with no defense whatsoever, but it has still been pretty fun to watch if you’re not one of those good old basketball purists.
Nevertheless, over the course of history, there have been several players snubbed from making the All-Star team, either because they were underrated or because there were other players that were even better than them and took their spot.
Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 players that were never able to actually play in the All-Star Game.
Honorable Mention: Monta Ellis
10. Mike Bibby
Bibby was one of the most dominant point guards during the early 2000’s and he even was one of the main reasons why the Sacramento Kings were so close to getting to the NBA Finals during that tenure, but he still was constantly being snubbed of All-Star selections.
Through 13 seasons, Mike Bibby averaged over 14 points to go along with 3.1 rebounds, more than 5 assists and 1.2 steals, but he wasn’t even able to make the ASG during a 3-year stretch where he averaged 18, 19 and 21.1 points respectively.
9. Marcus Camby
Marcus Camby was one of the most dominant defenders during his prime, and even though the All-Star game is pretty much about offense right now, you’d expect a player selected as the Defensive Player of the Year to at least make the shortlist.
Camby almost averaged a double-double through his career and had 4 seasons averaging over 3 blocks, with 3 of them also averaging an over 12 points and 11 boards. Still, he retired after 16 seasons without a single All-Star selection.
8. Lamar Odom
Not so long ago, Lamar Odom was considered to be one of the most skilled and talented big men in the NBA due to his ability to put the ball in the floor, find the open guy and shoot from distance, but even though, he didn’t have much love from the audience playing alongside Kobe and Paul.
Still, the 2 time NBA Champion and 1 time Sixth Man of the Year definitely made a case for himself to make the All-Star team several seasons, posting career averages of 13.3 points, 8.4 boards and 3.7 assists in 46% from the floor, as well as his ability to play either forward spot and center as well.
7. Derek Harper
Derek Harper was one of the most versatile combo guards in the league during his peak years, as he could shoot the ball well, was a very good playmaker and could also play lockdown D, even making a couple of All-Defensive selections.
Furthermore, Harper averaged over 16 points and 7 assists and at least 1.5 steals per game in half of his 15 NBA seasons, but the Dallas Mavericks starting point guard didn’t get much love from the media nor his peers.
6. Ron Harper
Ron Harper won 5 NBA Championships and averaged over 19 points during his first 7 NBA seasons, something that would pretty much grant him at least a spot on the bench in the All-Star game, or at least that’s what you’d think.
Nonetheless, “Hollywood” was never even considered to make the team, leaving career averages of 13.8 points, almost 5 boards and 4 dimes to go along with 1.7 steals in almost 45% from the floor.
5. Toni Kukoc
Toni Kukoc was instrumental in the Chicago Bulls success, and he was one of the best players worldwide before setting foot on an NBA hardwood, winner of the Sixth Man of the Year and 3 Larry O’Brien trophies with the Bulls.
Kukoc was kind of what the Sixers expect Dario Saric can become, a smart, versatile and committed player that can do a little bit of everything and leave it all in the court on a nightly basis, but that wasn’t enough to get him to the All-Star, even despite averaging almost 19 points, 7 boards and 5.3 dimes during the 98-99 season.
4. Isaiah Rider
Isaiah Rider is one of the game’s biggest “what ifs”, as he showed a lot of talent and offensive feel for the game during his 23-year-old season when he averaged 20.4 points, 3.3 boards, 3.3 dimes in 46% from the field.
Rider’s career lasted just for 8 years, leaving averages of over 16 points, 3 boards and a couple of dimes, never being able to replicate his success and failing to make the All-Star game during his failed tenure.
3. Drazen Petrovic
If it wasn’t for Drazen Petrovic’s tragic passing, he’d definitely made at least one All-Star game, as he was one of the best shooters this league has ever seen and a guy that opened a lot of doors for European players in the Association.
Over just 4 NBA seasons, the depressed Hall of Famer averaged over 15 points, more than 2 dimes and more than 2 rebounds, but during his New Jersey Nets stint he was extremely prolific, averaging 19.5 points in over 50% from the floor and 43% from beyond the arc.
2. Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose, A.K.A the Jinx, was one of the smartest players you could find on an NBA hardwood, and his versatility was his signature due to his ability to play either guard spot or even at the wings as a small forward.
Rose averaged over 18 points for 5 straight seasons and even won the Most Improved Player award, but after 12 seasons and averages of 14.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.8 helpers per game on 44% from the field, he wasn’t featured on an All-Star game.
1. Arvydas Sabonis
Arvydas Sabonis’ NBA Tenure lasted for just a handful of seasons, as the Portland Trail Blazers had to wait him for 10 years after they drafted him, but it definitely paid off when he finally came from overseas to prove his versatility and skill set as one of the most gifted big men in the history of the game.
Sabonis was a fierce dog in defense, could shoot the three ball with ease (over 30% as a center) and was a terrific passer. Through his career, he averaged over 12 points and almost 8 boards to go along with a couple of dimes, as well as constantly making the highlights. Still, it was kind of difficult for such an old “rookie” to make the ASG.