Biggest Snubs of 2013 NBA All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams

Dan Favale@@danfavaleFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2013

Biggest Snubs of 2013 NBA All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams

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    The All-NBA ballots have been cast and, as usual, there were a few mistakes.

    Every year, players who seemingly deserve to be recognized fall short of making the cut for any of the three All-NBA teams or aren't given enough credit. Why? Because it's considered unavoidable. 

    In some cases, there is no side-stepping any snubs or mishaps. The NBA is awash with superior talent and the league can't pay homage to everyone. That would defeat the purpose.

    Still, that doesn't change what we know. And what we know is there is always a handful of errant decisions that stick out. This year proved to be no exception.

    LeBron James and Kevin Durant earned All-NBA First Team honors, so the voters got at least two things right. Were they as accurate in their assessment of the rest?

    Our latest batch of oversights suggest no. 


    *All stats from this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference and unless otherwise attributed.

All-NBA Teams

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    Here's a refresher of what this year's All-NBA teams look like.

    All-NBA First Team

    LeBron James

    Kevin Durant

    Tim Duncan

    Kobe Bryant

    Chris Paul


    All-NBA Second Team

    Carmelo Anthony 

    Blake Griffin

    Marc Gasol

    Russell Westbrook

    Tony Parker


    All-NBA Third Team

    David Lee

    Paul George

    Dwight Howard

    Dwyane Wade

    James Harden

5. Joakim Noah

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    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 2.1 blocks, 48.1-percent shooting

    Deserved Selection: Third Team

    Did you know Joakim Noah has never made an All-NBA team? Oh, you did. Alright. Did you know that's a crime, especially after the season he had? I sure hope so.

    Noah battled injuries (yet again) and missed 16 games during the regular season, but he was still among the most productive big men in the game.

    In conjunction with his first All-Star selection, Noah posted a career high in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, really stepping up in Derrick Rose's absence.

    To go along with those career-defining achievements, Noah also became just the 10th player in NBA history to average at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks per game in the same season.

    Not bad for a guy who couldn't crack his way onto the Third Team, is it? 

4. James Harden, Houston Rockets

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    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.5 blocks, 43.8-percent shooting

    Deserved Selection: Second Team

    Lucky for all of us, James Harden wasn't left off the rosters altogether. Otherwise, you would be on your way to perusing hundreds upon hundreds of words about why the world is secretly conspiring against athletes with totally awesome (albeit troublingly untamed) beards.

    The Houston Rockets looked good with Harden. Really good. He carried them on his back for the entire season, all the while putting any notion that he wasn't a legitimate superstar to bed.

    Harden finished in the top five in scoring, earned his first ever All-Star selection and led the youngest team in the NBA to 45 regular-season wins. How is that not deserving of a Second-Team sighting?

    His snub is even more difficult to understand when you put his season in historical context.

    Only eight other players in NBA history have averaged at least 25 points, five assists, four rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in the same season before their 24th birthday. Three of the eight are Hall of Famers—Oscar Robertson, Jerry West and Michael Jordan—while three others are some of the biggest stars—Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Derrick Rose—in the league today.

    Citing guards as snubs is always risky business because of how deep the NBA's collective backcourt pool is. Such depth isn't enough to justify Harden's absence from the second, though. 

    Not even close.

3. Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets

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    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 19.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 2.1 blocks and 52.1-percent shooting

    Deserved Selection: Second Team

    Centers who can score consistently are damn near impossible to come by in today's NBA; Brook Lopez is a welcomed exception.

    Neither Marc Gasol nor Dwight Howard, both of whom were selected over Lopez for the Second and Third teams, respectively, can say they were even close to as polished on the offensive end.

    Lopez's 6.9 rebounds are not impressive for a 7-footer of his build, but 2.1 blocks per game are. His overall defensive performance was a step above any display he had put forth before anyway.

    Brolo became just the 11th player in NBA history to average at least 19 points and two blocks on 50 percent or better shooting in the same season before his 25th birthday. The Brooklyn Nets' tower also procured his first All-Star selection.

    The coup de grace? Lopez received seven First-Team votes, the most of any player left off all three teams.

    No matter, though. Lopez won't be among the absent much longer. His time will come soon enough.

2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

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    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 22.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks and 45.1-percent shooting

    Deserved Selection: Third Team

    Stephen Curry's exclusion from the All-NBA teams really makes you appreciate just how many talented guards there are in this league. It's also slightly depressing.

    Curry deserved to make the cut after having a sensational season. He aided in the revival of the Golden State Warriors, emerging as an elite shooter and playmaker, and carried his team to its first playoff berth since 2007.

    Golden State's point man cut himself a slice of historical pie as well, connecting on 272 three-pointers as he eclipsed Ray Allen's 269 treys to set the NBA single-season record.

    That wasn't all. Curry became the youngest player in league history, and just the fifth ever, to average at least 20 points and six assists per game while knocking down 90 percent of his free throws.

    Joining the company of Rick Barry, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Calvin Murphy is a fine consolation prize, but after being snubbed from the Western Conference All-Star team, the hope was Curry would receive some All-NBA street cred.

    Oh well, maybe next year.

1. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers

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    2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 21.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.2 blocks and 48.4-percent shooting

    Deserved Selection: Second Team

    Remember that time when LaMarcus Aldridge was grossly underrated? Of course you do. Because "that time" is every day.

    Aldridge secured his second straight All-Star selection during the regular season, and while his performance wasn't enough to earn the Portland Trail Blazers a playoff bid, he made the most of a young team.

    For all this talk about how Damian Lillard handled taking over the offensive reins, there should be just as much about how Aldridge helped carry a team when, at 27, he was their fourth-oldest player.

    Normally I wouldn't come right out and say he deserved to be selected to the Second Team over Blake Griffin. I would just imply it. But here, I'm going to say it: He should have gotten the nod over Blake Griffin.

    Aldridge is a phenomenal talent yet continues to garner less attention than he deserves. He's averaged more than 21 points and eight boards per game over the last three years, and all he has to show for it is one All-NBA Third-Team selection.

    Now that's just sad.