Despite submitting stellar performance after stellar performance, small market stars Kevin Love and Monta Ellis can't seem to catch a break. Meanwhile, the likes of multiple-time All-Stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are selected while producing average outings.
Kevin Love put up the first 30-point, 30-rebound game since Moses Malone did it in 1982. Let's not forget he's also averaging 21 points per game, third in the West among power forwards and on par with another notable All-Star snub, LaMarcus Aldridge.
Aldridge has had a surge in performance after All-Star Brandon Roy's knee problems allowed Aldridge more touches. Aldridge dropped 40 points on Duncan's Spurs this past Tuesday, but a career night was not enough to sway voters.
Monta Ellis has been scoring for fun lately, averaging 25 points a night while dishing out six assists. His 25.1 points per game average ranks sixth in the league and third in the Western Conference.
Despite doing all they can for their teams, these players are looked down upon because of their teams' collective performance.
Statistics don't matter when it comes to winning championships. However, they do when it comes to All-Star games. Does anyone watch the All-Star game for the competitiveness amongst the players? No.
How could the game be competitive in the first place? Both sides consist of 12 players each who have most likely never played together and haven't had the time to pick up idiosyncrasies in each others' play.
What matters is earning the "All-Star" tag next to your name. A lot of these players won't have the chance to wear championship rings and become immortalized on banners hanging from arena ceilings; however, they could always look back and say, "At this point in time I was one of the best 25 players in the league."
Right now, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and Monta Ellis are all top-25 players. You can't argue that they aren't because of their team situation; if Duncan were in Love's place, would the T'Wolves be that much better? What about Ginobili playing for the Warriors?
Hopefully, the next time the coaches sit down to pick the reserves, they'll go for the true All-Stars—not guys who have already been given their due.
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