The NBA All-Star reserves were announced on Thursday night, and once again, some players were chosen because of their lifetime achievements rather than just the season at-hand. The All-Star game is more about names than it is about performance. Here are the All-Star reserves and some of the biggest players left out of the All-Star festivities.
Western Conference Reserves
G Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
G Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
G Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
F Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
F Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
F LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
C Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzles
Eastern Conference Reserves
G Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks
G Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets
G/F Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
F Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls
F Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
F Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
C Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers
Smith is having a great season for the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 15.6 PPG, 8.9 RPG and 3.2 APG for a team that is contending in the Eastern Conference. Being the leading player on a top team, he deserves to be selected as an All-Star reserve.
He is a dominant force in the paint both offensively and defensively, with his 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 47 percent from the field. Smith was robbed of his first All-Star selection once again this year.
If any Boston Celtic deserves to be on this roster, it's Rondo. Rondo is the player that makes the Celtics offense work. Without him, their three aging stars would be struggling to stay afloat in the East. He is averaging 13.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 9.8 APG and 1.7 steals per game, all while shooting 50.3 percent from the floor.
His defensive talents mixed with his offensive production make Rondo one of the best all-around players in the NBA. Instead of being awarded with a reserve selection, Paul Pierce gets it for his lifetime achievements.
The Houston Rockets are in the race for the Southwest Division title and Kyle Lowry is the reason why. He is having a breakout season for the Rockets, averaging 14.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 7.9 APG to go along with two steals per contest.
An all-around player at point guard, Lowry has taken a team that missed the playoffs last year and has elevated them to a level where they can compete with San Antonio and Dallas, at least for the time being. He deserves to be in Orlando come All-Star weekend.
The Golden State Warriors' Monta Ellis is one of the best pure scorers in the game today. His 22.6 PPG is good enough for sixth in the NBA, and he adds 6.3 APG and 1.8 steals per game.
Golden State has been a struggling team so far this season, but Monta Ellis has been outstanding. He scored 48 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 7, a career high, but not enough to be added to the reserves. (You have to be more of a household name like Dirk Nowitzki or be on a great team with above average numbers like Roy Hibbert).