Is Marcus Camby an All-Star?

Michael KarapetianContributor IIJanuary 16, 2009

Marcus Camby of the Los Angeles Clippers has spent 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association, spending a majority of his career with the Denver Nuggets, but is yet to make an appearance in the league's All-Star game.

This year, Camby deserves every bit of earning the backup center role behind Houston Rocket star Yao Ming.

Believe it or not, Camby is arguably playing his best ball in his entire career, despite already being in the league for over a decade, and about to turn 35 years old in March. With outstanding averages of 12.1 points, 13.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, his stats are all superior to his career averages.

Along with those numbers, Camby leads the league in rebounds per game, leads the league in defensive rebounds a game, is second in blocks per game, second in blocks per foul, and is ninth in efficiency rating a night.

So despite the Clippers being a horrid 8-30, I'm having a tough time seeing anyone that deserves the backup center role over Camby.

Shaquille O'Neal, of the Phoenix Suns, is believed by many to be the choice by the coaches to receive a career achievement award, but is statistically inferior to Camby. Other possibles include Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers, Andris Biedrins of the Golden State Warriors, Mehmet Okur of the Utah Jazz, Tyson Chandler of the New Orleans Hornets and Al Jefferson of the Minnesota T'Wolves.