Who is the best of the not quite good enough? Which NBA players have been appreciated but overlooked at the same time?
That is the question I asked myself when I had to make up a roster made of the 12 best players in the league who have never been All-Stars.
However, what makes the best basketball league in the world so fun to watch nowadays is that, for as much talk there is about the formation of “super teams," there is plenty of talent to go around.
Before we get to the slideshow, here are some guidelines for the criteria to form this roster. A qualifying player must fulfill three of the four requisites outlined below.
Balance. This isn’t necessarily a roster made to play in an All-Star game. That is why maybe a deserving point guard or two got left out of the list.
Impact. Numbers can only take you so far. The players on this roster must have proven that their team wouldn’t be the same without them.
Ceiling. Are you on your way to being an All-Star?
Clutch gene. Can I count on you to make a key basket or a big stop on defense in the final minutes?
Here ere are the 12 players of the “Not Quite All-Stars” team, along with their average per-game stats.