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The Most Undeserving NBA All-Star Starters of All Time
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Doesn't NBA All-Star voting just seem like a never-ending source of controversy? 

Especially in a year like this one—Kobe Bryant was voted in as a Western Conference starter despite playing in only six games for the Los Angeles Lakers—the merits of fan voting have to be weighed against the evils.

On one hand, it makes sense to let basketball fans choose the players who entertain them in a game that is—let's face it—solely for entertainment purposes. But on the other hand, All-Star selections are a big honor, and they can often be used to remember players' places throughout NBA history.

If you want to get a good idea of who was playing great basketball in 1963, for example, one of the easiest methods is to go look at the All-Star roster. How else would you remember names like Lee Shaffer, Don Ohl and Tom Meschery?

But the starting lineups don't always get it right. Plenty of times, players are snubbed for guys who really don't deserve to have their names called out right before tip-off.

Of course, some starters really don't belong, and those are the ones we're focusing on tonight. This countdown emphasizes the most egregious names in the history of All-Star starting fives, and they're ranked by the strength of their candidacies in a vacuum.

I'm not too concerned with the merits of the players who were snubbed, but rather the shortcomings of those who were selected. Kobe, for example, is going to rank near the top, as he played in only six games. 

That said, don't expect to see Magic Johnson's name pop up. Even though he literally didn't play during the 1991-92 season and was selected as an All-Star starter, there were quite a few extenuating circumstances, and it was such a feel-good story that I'm subjectively ruling it ineligible. 

 

Note: All stats and voting information, unless otherwise mentioned, come from Basketball-Reference.

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