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Inevitably, there will be deserving players that for one reason or another don't make the cut.
Some can blame their teams for weakening their All-Star cause. Others have the misfortune of sharing a position with some of the world's greatest players.
And another group plays in the Western Conference, where being good enough isn't actually good enough.
These are the players who will have the biggest gripes when their numbers aren't called for the Big Easy.
Arron Afflalo, Orlando Magic
He really should be an All-Star. Not only is he the league's No. 15 scorer (20.9 points per game), but he's also been a wildly effective shooter (.471/.419/.850). However, his team is 10-24. And that's what will ultimately keep him at home.
Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats
Big Al used to have his All-Star campaigns undone by the fully loaded Western Conference, but it's his stat sheet that fails him this time around. He's been solid during his first season in Charlotte (17.0 points, 10.1 rebounds), but solid isn't quite enough to earn the 29-year-old his first All-Star nod.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
It will be interesting to see how the Atlanta Hawks are treated in this process. They own the conference's third-best record, but their best player, Al Horford, is lost for the season (torn pectoral muscle). Millsap's 17.6 points and 8.7 rebounds will get him consideration, but he'll ultimately be underappreciated like every good Hawks player seems to be.
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
Walker has two things in his favor. One, I think the league would like to recognize the improvements that Charlotte has made. Two, he just has that "it" factor that fans have gravitated toward since his college days. But subpar shooting numbers (.416/.365) and an underwhelming assist average (4.7) just hold him out of the world's greatest pickup game.
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns
This is life in the Western Conference. "Mini LeBron" might have the best resume of any non-All-Star this season. With 18.0 points, 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals, Bledsoe certainly makes a compelling case. But his trips to the injury report and the depth of the West backcourt prove too great for him to overcome.
Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks
Ellis' history is going to impact his All-Star treatment. Either the league heralds his redemption story and parades him around as a success, or people refuse to believe he's shed his shot-chucking ways. Unfortunately, this won't be the first time that an All-Star stat sheet (19.9 points, 5.9 assists) hasn't been enough for him to secure an All-Star roster spot.
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
If his coach Doc Rivers is doing the voting, then Jordan—or Bill Russell reincarnated, as Rivers seems to think—might see both an All-Star spot and Hall of Fame enshrinement. With more voices in the process, though, Jordan's forgettable scoring average (9.4) undermines his stellar shooting (64.4 percent), rebounding (13.5) and shot-blocking (2.4) marks.
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Rubio does a lot of things well. He's pacing the league in steals (2.8) and sitting at No. 5 in assists (8.3). But his All-Star campaign has holes. He is in no way, shape or form a scoring threat (8.9 points on .348/.339 shooting), and he plays for a decent team in a conference full of really good ones.