NBA All-Star Game 2013: Under-the-Radar Players Who Deserve ASG Nod

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2013

Jan 13, 2013; New York, NY, USA;  Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) gestures after scoring during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center.  Brooklyn won 97-86.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Who's ready for the popularity contest?

Whoops, I mean the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

Each NBA season, fans vote for the ASG based on who has the most commercials on television rather than who's having the best season on the hardwood.

With most all-star voting, there's likely to be a handful of snubs who miss out on all the fun.

Here they are.

David Lee

He's the 10th-leading scorer and is tied for sixth in rebounds in the NBA, but David Lee will probably miss out on the trip to Houston.

With star names ahead of him like Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge, Lee likely won't get the respect or recognition he deserves as an All-Star in 2013.

For all of the solid seasons Lee has had in his seven-year career, he's been voted to the All-Star Game just once, which is quite astonishing when you think about the numbers he puts up.

He nearly averages a double-double for his career and is shooting 53 percent this season while averaging a career-high 3.7 APG.

If Lee isn't All-Star worthy, I don't know who is.

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings is playing out of his mind this season.

Among Eastern Conference point guards, Jennings ranks third in PPG (18.3), sixth in RPG (3.6), eighth in APG (5.8), first in STPG (2.0) and fifth in free-throw percentage (.850), which seems undoubtedly deserving of an All-Star appearance.

But with the likes of Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams and Jrue Holiday playing in the East, Jennings will probably get snubbed again this season.

Believe it or not, Jennings, who averages 17 PPG and 5.5 APG for his career, has never been voted to an ASG in his prior three years in the NBA.

Unfortunately, this season won't be any different.

Brook Lopez

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez leads all Eastern Conference centers in PPG (18.5), but likely won't be traveling to Houston in mid-February because he's not a household name.

Lopez is a huge reason why Brooklyn currently holds the fifth seed in the East, with a 23-16 record.

He's shooting better than 50 percent from the field, averaging 7.3 RPG and is posting a career-high 2.1 BLKPG, which ranks third among East centers.

Guys like Joakim Noah, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh and Tyson Chandler will probably get the nod over Lopez, but that's a mistake.

Lopez is seeking his first career All-Star appearance, but it won't come in 2013. 

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