NBA All-Star Roster Revealed, Who Just Missed Out?

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2010

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The NBA All-Star rosters are set. The All-Star Starters are:

West:

F- Carmelo Anthony

F - Tim Duncan

C- Amar’e Stoudemire

G – Steve Nash

G – Kobe Bryant

Reserves: Deron Williams – G, Chris Paul – G, Pau Gasol – F, Kevin Durant – F, Dirk Nowitzki – F, Zach Randolph – F, and Brandon Roy – G.

East:

F – Kevin Garnett

F – Lebron James

C – Dwight Howard

G – Dwayne Wade

G – Allen Iverson

Reserves: Rajon Rondo – G, Derrick Rose – G, Joe Johnson – G, Paul Pierce – F, Chris Bosh – F, Gerald Wallace – F, Al Horford – C

Now every time the All-Star rosters are released, there are always speculations as to who deserved to be there.

Guard Chauncey Billups being the biggest All-Star snub. Many overlook Billups because of the amazing improvement of Carmelo Anthony, but Chauncey is one of the biggest reason’s the Nuggets are contenders in the West.

Billups brings leadership, and great three point shooting. On the season Billups averages 19.2 points and 5.9 assist per game and when in the lineup the Nuggets are 28-9.

Guard Jamal Crawford, a big player for the Hawks off the bench. Jamal this season is scoring 17.4 points off the bench, and it’s hard to slow a player of his caliber down when he is hot.

I know rookies don’t really make it to All-Star game but guard Tyreke Evans has played amazing for the Sacramento Kings. Just last season the Kings were (17-65), this season so far their (16-28). Tyreke averages 20.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assist per game. Not to mention that Kevin Martin has only played in 12 games this season thus far.

Center Shaquille O’Neal has been to 14 straight All-Star games. Due to his inability to produce this season, his streak has ended. This season Shaq has accumulated 11.3 points, and 6.6 rebounds; both career lows for the 7-0 center.

However, the All-Star roster presents very well deserved bid despite Iverson’s All-Star birth. The All-Star game will be jam packed with a lot of entertainment.

Other players the just missed: Josh Smith – F, Joakim Noah – C, David Lee – F/C, Monta Ellis – G, Antawn Jamison – F, and Chris Kaman – C.