NBA: Who Were the All-Star Snubs?

Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterMay 3, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Eastern Conference All-Stars (from bottom) Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers, Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic, Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat, Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers, Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics and Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets stand for the performance of the National Anthem during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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We're in the middle of the playoffs, after being shot out of the cannon of a compressed, shortened season. One of the consequences of this season is that we had comparatively little information to go on when it came to selecting All-Stars.

Realistically, there were no "snubs" at the time, on account of so few games having been played. Now, we can look back at what happened and judge who should have been a 2012 All-Star.

 

1. Kyrie Irving

Irving will get Rookie of the Year, but he easily deserved an All-Star selection. Even though the precocious slasher missed 15 games, his per-minute production scraped all Eastern Conference point guard rivals, save for Derrick Rose.

With a 21.49 PER, a .566 true shooting percentage and absurd clutch efficiency, the kid likely deserved a spot over Rajon Rondo and possibly even Deron Williams.

 

2. Tyson Chandler

Considering that he just won Defensive Player of the Year, perhaps he should have made the All-Star cut? It wasn't all defense for Chandler, though, the big guy managed an incredible 68 percent from the field.

I would give him the edge over Hibbert, though the real Eastern Conference mistake was probably Luol Deng (If only I could substitute a small forward for a center). 

 

3. Kevin Garnett

Why were the main snubs out East? KG would have actually been my DPOY vote, great as Chandler was. Boston put together a fearsome second half stretch, and Garnett was the catalyst. He also maintained offensive efficiency, pitching in with a 20.47 PER.  

 

4. Josh Smith

Our final Eastern oversight was essential in helping the Hawks to a decent record, despite the loss of Al Horford. Smith still takes terrible shots (21.14 PER, but only a .499 true shooting mark), but he also has the rare combination of "shot blocker" and "fast break leader."

In short, I'd far rather see him on an All-Star team than say, Luol Deng. 

 

5. Tim Duncan 

He's not quite dead yet! Don't blame Timmy for Popovich's tendency to conserve the big man's minutes. Duncan managed a 22.60 PER, but his real value comes on the defensive end.

The Spurs are much better on defense with Duncan in the middle. It wouldn't have made for a more exciting ASG, but Timmy deserved a bid over Blake Griffin.