NBA All-Star Game 2012: 5 Players Who Should Be Starters

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NBA All-Star Game 2012: 5 Players Who Should Be Starters
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The 2012 NBA All-Star game starters were recently announced, and there are five players who were snubbed.

This happens a lot, since fans vote in the starting lineups. Often times fans just pick the biggest name, and sometimes it works out the right way. However, great players are often left to be reserves—or not make the team at all.

In 2012, the Western Conference All-Star starting five consists of Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant.

Durant, Bryant, Paul and Bynum are all good selections, but there are some players that have played better than Griffin this year.

Griffin brings excitement to the court and most people know him because of his dunks, but some other forwards have played better, more consistent ball in the NBA this year.

Paul was also injured for a good portion of the season. I am not saying that he is not deserving— because he has played lights out whenever he wasn't hurt—but there are some other deserving point guards as well.

The Eastern Conference has a very similar situation.

The starters this year consists of Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.

Anthony undoubtedly made this game purely because of his reputation. He and the New York Knicks have struggled greatly this year, and there are a few forwards that deserved this spot over him.

Wade is similar to Paul in the fact that they are both amazing players and have played well when in the game, but they missed significant time with injuries this season. Both are deserving of a spot, but it could be argued that there is another point guard that should start the game.

Let's take a look at five players that should have been voted starters in the 2012 NBA All-Star game.

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