NBA All-Star Game 2013 Roster: Players Most Likely to Be Overlooked This Year
For a glorified pick-up game, the NBA All-Star Game can generate its fair share of controversy.
The fans often make one or two ridiculous selections when voting for starters, and league politics come into play when the coaches choose the seven reserves. That leads to snubs, some of which are more shameful than others.
While the following three players may not be the most inexcusable snubs when the reserves are announced, they are likely to get overlooked by the coaches.
Brandon Jennings - PG, Milwaukee Bucks
Jennings is having the best statistical season of his four-year career. Among Eastern Conference players, he's eighth in scoring (18.3 points per game), ninth in assists (5.7 per game) and first in steals (1.95 per game).
He's also grabbing 3.6 rebounds per game and shooting 84.6 percent from the free-throw line. His 36.1 percent shooting on threes isn't a career-high, but it's a major improvement over his last two seasons.
Despite his career year, Jennings likely won't be making his first All-Star Game appearance. Rajon Rondo is the East's starting point guard, and Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday are virtual locks for the reserves.
Maybe Jennings will have better luck next year.
DeMarcus Cousins - C, Sacramento Kings
Cousins' scoring and rebounding numbers are down from last season, but his stats are still very impressive.
Among Western Conference players, Cousins is tied for 12th in scoring (17.7 points per game) and sixth in rebounds (10.4 per game), and he is the only power forward or center in the NBA to rank in the top 25 in steals (1.47 per game).
Cousins has also been a monster lately. In his last two games, he averaged 23.5 points, 15 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. If he keeps up this type of production, it will be hard to overlook him.
However, given his reputation, there is no way that Cousins will make the team this season. The Kings already suspended him once this season, and Cousins is widely regarded as an immature and quick-tempered player.
He is also shooting just 43.6 percent from the field, which doesn't help his case.
Al Jefferson - PF, Utah Jazz
Big Al is having a great season, but he will likely get snubbed because the Western Conference is loaded with quality frontcourt players.
Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard were named the West's frontcourt starters, and with the likes of David Lee, Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph fighting for the remaining spots, there's no room for Jefferson.
It's unfortunate for Jefferson, as he is having one of the best seasons of his career. He is fifth in the Western Conference with 19 double-doubles, and he is averaging 17.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
He is also having an efficient season, shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 85.2 percent on free throws.
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