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The Advanced Stats 2014 NBA All-Star Teams
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John Wall may have been snubbed from the All-Star starting lineup and the Team USA roster, but he's not going to have the same thing happen when we reveal the Advanced Stats 2014 NBA All-Star Teams. 

For that matter, neither are any of the players who deserve to be selected. 

Kobe Bryant isn't going to appear here. The starting lineup won't be selected according to the popularity of the players populating the Association. 

It's all about the numbers, and they'll be analyzed devoid of context. The strength of a team doesn't matter. Neither does the record of a team, the supporting cast that adds or relieves pressure or the ability to create highlights. 

Numbers in a vacuum determine who makes the roster and who sits at home to watch our hypothetical game. 

Additionally, players actually have to play in order to receive a nomination. Guys like Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, who would certainly make the team if healthy, aren't going to gain entry because they'd just have to be replaced later on. CP3 might play in the midseason classic, but that's not enough of an assurance, especially because the Western Conference backcourt is so tightly packed. 

Get out your calculator and familiarize yourself with stats like PER, true shooting percentage, offensive rating, defensive rating, win shares and win shares per 48 minutes, because they all matter. 

They—along with all other advanced stats that have merit—are actually all that matter. 

 

Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, are current as of Jan. 28 and come from Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com's SportVU data.

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