2013 NBA All-Star Game: Who Should and Shouldn't Be There
There are always several head-scratching omissions from the NBA All-Star game every year.
It's no different this year.
In addition to some questionable All-Star reserve selections, there are also some players starting the game who really shouldn't be there.
The reserves for the East are Kyrie Irving, Jrue Holiday, Tyson Chandler, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Paul George.
Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee and Zach Randolph make up the reserves for the West.
Some of those players, however, should not be involved in the game. Here are six examples of who should and shouldn't be a 2013 All-Star
Kevin Garnett Should Not Play
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"The Big Ticket" is a legend, no question about it. But it was a mistake for the fans to pick Kevin Garnett to start in his 15th All-Star game.
Not only does he not deserve to start, he doesn't deserve to be in the game at all. According to NBA.com, he's averaging only 14.7 points this season, which is one of the lowest totals of his career. He's also averaging just seven rebounds per game, which is the second-lowest rate in his career, right in front of his rookie season when he averaged 6.3.
That, and the Boston Celtics' record is 20-21.
Yes, the fans choose which players they want to see in the All-Star game. Sometimes, the picks aren't justifiable. This was one of them.
Either Chris Bosh or Brook Lopez should have been voted into that starting spot because both have played better than Garnett this season.
Stephen Curry Should Play
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Stephen Curry's ankles are healthy this year, and that has meant trouble for opposing teams.
When he's feeling good, Curry is one of the most exciting guards in the NBA. This season has proved that.
Per NBA.com, Curry is averaging a career-high 20.9 points per game as well as 6.6 assists per game, also a career best.
The Golden State Warriors are also 26-15, and they wouldn't be there without Curry's fantastic play.
If nothing else, he should have been selected over his teammate David Lee.
Dwight Howard Should Not Play
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The Los Angeles Lakers have been a miserable failure this year with a mediocre 17-25 record. Dwight Howard has averaged his fewest points per game since his second year in Orlando while also displaying a stunning immaturity in L.A.
And he gets voted into a starting spot in the All-Star game? You can't see it, but I'm rolling my eyes.
This is a good reason against letting fans vote. But again, it's their choice regarding who they want to see.
Howard doesn't even deserve to be in the game this year. By being voted in, players like Stephen Curry were forced to be snubbed in the West.
LaMarcus Aldridge Should Not Play
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LaMarcus Aldridge isn't having a bad season, he is just the least-deserving All-Star in the West.
Although he's scoring 20.6 points per game, according to NBA.com, it's still a down year compared to the past two seasons in terms of scoring.
Instead of Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard should have both been given some consideration. Both have played great this year and have certainly helped the Portland Trail Blazers to a 21-21 record despite having almost no bench production.
Brook Lopez Should Play
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Brook Lopez is the one man on the Brooklyn Nets roster who deserves to play in the All-Star game.
He's averaging over 18 points per game, over seven rebounds per game and over two blocks per game. He's playing the best defense of his career and has become a better overall rebounder.
He's doing it all with less playing time than any of his other three healthy seasons. He's playing better while playing just a shade under 30 minutes per game.
Who would have thought Lopez would deserve an All-Star nod ahead of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson? Give the guy some props.
Now with a shocker for the final slide...
Andre Drummond Should Play
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This is an ultra-reach, but hear me out.
Andre Drummond has played way above expectations during his rookie season with the Detroit Pistons. In only 20 minutes per game, he's averaging over seven points, seven rebounds and almost two blocks. If he played starter minutes, he would likely be averaging a double-double.
More impressively, he's shooting a blistering 61 percent from the field—fourth-best in the NBA and first among rookies.
If nothing else, he should be an honorable mention.
Even though this is a stretch, you cannot deny the Connecticut alum has played extremely well this season.