Rigged Ballots: Worst NBA All-Stars of the Past Decade
Every year, NBA fans highly anticipate seeing the 20 best players face off against each other. It's one of the high-light's of the season. Well, almost every year some NBA fans don't know the game, or are just trying to break up the fun of the game, by drafting some none-belonging player.
You can tell right away that that player doesn't belong, and it's really annoying.
With this in mind, let me give you the liberty of teasing the 10 worst all-stars of the past decade. (No order)
In 2004, the year that the East was at the Prime of it's weakness, Magloire was playing for the then East side team Hornets. He had a decent season on a double-double average (13-10, around the same stats that Louis Scola or Udonis Haslem now average---should they make the all star?) but quickly fell apart right after that season.
People don't seem to realize that he only made the team due to the skill of the rest of the Eastern Conference, so they've continuously over rated him throughout his career.
Oh yeah, and for the record, a "has-been" all star shouldn't be averaging less than one point for a season. Just saying...
After 10 subpar years in the NBA, Rik Smits was elected into the all-star game. Now, I'm not saying he should be ashamed of his numbers that season, 16 and 7, but virtually any forward/center who gets playing time should average those numbers.
That's not considered at all top 20 in the league type stats. He was voted in due to the fact that he had a nick name "the flying dutchman", he was foreign, and was tall so he could block.
The next year with around the same stats, people put in some sense and voted him out.
The all-star game; the place where the best players in the game face off against each other. Micheal Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Dale Davis, LeBr...what the heck?! Dale Davis? Who's he??
Davis was a fine player on a succeeding team, but wasn't an elite player in the league hence shouldn't have made the all stars.
As I mentioned in the slide before, the all-star game is for the superior players, the best on the planet. Not someone who ended up averaging 9 points and 7 boards for their career. The stats of Tyrone Hill.
He never came close to making the game again and is now a typical unknown retired NBA player.
Nick Van Exel
The short, speedy guard was always a loved player, but he shouldn't have been loved enough to make the all-star team. With stats along the lines of 13 points and 6 assists, on sub-par FG%, Nick was definitely not an all-star.
If stats like those qualify, Antonio Daniels and Eddie House could be roaming around at the game.
In 2004, before the reign of Howard and the skills of Yao, Miller made the all-star team beneficially because of the other centers in the league.
A liability on defense and a mediocre post-up center, Miller could somewhat hit a jumper and rotate the ball around but was evidently not an all-star.
The All-star game isn't a place where a slow, jump shooting, boring center averaging 13 points and 7 boards goes to play and fool around.
A defensive disaster, Szczerbiak purely made the all-star team thanks to his offensive skills. Well, his so-called offensive skills. Szczerbiak only averaged 18 points and 5 boards per contest.
Not exactly all-star potential, especially when his defense his brought up. You really don't want a mediocre spot shooter in the lineup.
A good power rebounder who played for several seasons but definitely doesn't belong in the all-stars. A not-great offensive type player with Shaq's "skills" from the line.
He almost averaged a double-double that season, as he almost did throughout his career, yet he was only called up that year because of numerous injuries.
Never even a decent offensive player, Ratliff based his career on defense and rebounding, yet in this era, or before his time and prime, he would never have made the squad.
I put him on this list, not because he didn't deserve the place on the team when he deserved it. He was a sophomore and had a great and promising year with stats like 22 points and 8 boards.
I put him on this list because, like so many other young players, Howard felt so high and mighty about himself and never really produced again. He now averages 1.1 points. And he may be old, but he's no older than Jason Kidd and other good players.