NBA All-Star Voting 2012: Andre Iguodala and Most Deserving First-Time All-Stars

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 21: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket against Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat during the second half of game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Center on April 21, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Every season when the NBA All-Star Game approaches, the conversation starts about who deserves the honor and who is getting snubbed.

While that happened again this year, there were a few deserving players that finally were awarded the honor of being selected as NBA All-Stars.

All of the following first-time selections deserve the honor and should enjoy the moment before the NBA never selects them again.

Andre Iguodala

I can’t believe it took this long for Andre Iguodala to make the All-Star Game, but leave it to Doug Collins to bring the most out of a two-way player like Iguodala.

As much as his 12.8 points per game doesn’t seem very All-Star worthy, it’s all the little things he does every game that make him the versatile role-player he has become.

With the Philadelphia 76ers third in the Eastern Conference standings, the NBA had to get a member of the team on the All-Star roster and Iguodala was the most deserving.

Andrew Bynum

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Almost as shocking as the fact that Andre Iguodala was never selected to the All-Star Game is the fact that this will be Andrew Bynum’s first trip as well.

Bynum’s numbers are up across the board, with the big man averaging over 16 points and 12 rebounds per game this season. That’s far better than his career averages.

With an excellent season under his belt and the lack of depth showing how strong Bynum has been, he deserves the selection and the start for the Western Conference.

LaMarcus Aldridge

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - OCTOBER 23:  James Harden of Team Blue, Lamarcus Aldridge of Team White and Michael Beasley of Team Blue prepare for a free throw during the USFleet Tracking Basketball Invitational  October 23, 2011 at the Cox Convention Center in Okl
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While the Portland Trailblazers fight for their playoff lives, currently seeded ninth in the Western Conference, LaMarcus Aldridge is having another monster season.

Not only does the power forward lead the team with 23.3 points per game, but his stellar defense has also been a big part of why the team is even in contention right now.

While there were questions about whether Aldridge should have made it last year, the NBA didn't want to make the same mistake twice and made sure he was on the roster.

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