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By Jeff P.
All of us had that moment we tried, and fought for something so intensely, with pain and dedication, but despite the fact that we deserved it, we didn’t get it or should I say we got “snubbed”. Why? Probably because the other competitor or contestant was more popular, more known, or all of the above. Well, plenty of rich, talented, and blessed NBA superstars may have that same feeling as i’m writing this article. Some players such as Lance Stephenson went from an unpopular, and low viewed at player to a player who is helping a potential run at a championship. Despite this, they have been snubbed from the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, which is a dream for all athletes to compete in, and play for. The list is long, and hard but the popular vote has overruled the true All-Stars, and it’s nothing that’s being hid. First of all, let me start off by showing the two complete all star teams. The West team consists of the following players: Starters BC Stephen Curry BC Kobe Bryant FC Kevin Durant FC Blake Griffin FC Kevin Love Reserves BC Chris Paul BC Damian Lillard BC Tony Parker BC James Harden FC LaMarcus Aldridge FC Dirk Nowitzki FC Dwight Howard BC- Backcourt player FC- Front-court Player Of course this is a popularity contest for the starters, but this team mostly rewarded well-deserved players. However, there is always the exceptions. The Underserving All Stars: Kobe Bryant: Of course Kobe Bryant is amazing, and is one of the most talented NBA players in history, although this revelation of him being voted in to start the all star game is just a bit too far. Not that this was unexpected, but Kobe Bryant has played only six games, in where he wasn’t impressive. Don’t get me wrong, Kobe Bryant is still at it, and may even be deserving to this spot had he played. Although he has been injured, and will most likely not even participate in the game. Clearly undeserving of the spot, but in the end it was going to happen whether you liked it or not. Dirk Nowitzki: Dirk Nowitzki is a great player, but Dirk over Anthony Davis, or even Demarcus Cousins? Dirk has averaged a strong 22 points, a decent six rebounds, and has helped the Mavericks compete for a playoff spot in the tough West. Though when there are players such as Anthony Davis who have been playing with more explosiveness than a nuclear bomb, Dirk just doesn’t deserve it. Remember, this game is for players of this year, and not a few years ago. Blake Griffin: Blake Griffin deserved an all star spot, and has been great. His dunk have continued, his stats are still up, but is he better than LeMarcus Aldridge? I’d have to say no. Along with Damien Lillard, Aldridge has been unbeatable as he has posted already 29 double-doubles on the season, and led the Blazers to be much better than expected. So did Blake Griffin deserve an all star spot? Certainly, but a starting spot? I think not. The Snubbs: Anthony Davis: Anthony Davis is still on his rookie contract so he didn’t have enough money to bribe the NBA executives. Davis is the fastest rising star in this association in the league, and is the first player since Shaq to average 20 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks in their sophomore year. Additionally, he is also the only player besides for Hakeem Olajuwon, and David Robinson to also average 1.5 steals, along with those stats in his sophomore years. Apparently, the all star game is not for future legends. Goran Dragic: The Suns were predicted to be along with the Sixers, not just one of the worst teams this season, but one of the worst teams ever. Dragic had other plans. I can write a whole article about the amazing contributions of players like Marcus Morris, and Archie Goodwin, but who are we kidding? The Suns are Dragic’s team. BC Kyrie Irving BC Dwayne Wade FC Lebron James FC Carmelo Anthony FC Paul George Reserves BC Joe Johnson BC John Wall BC Demar Derozan FC Chris Bosh FC Joakim Noah FC Paul Millsap FC Roy Hibbert BC- Backcourt FC- Front-court The Underserving All Stars: Joe Johnson: All of us should be asking the same question: Who did he sleep with? Demar Derozan: Is this a Canadian thing? because if it was Kyle Lowry should have gotten the nod. Demar Derozan may be leading this team leading the horrific Atlantic Conference, but is that saying much? No. Demar Derozan may be averaging an astounding 22 points, but on 43% shooting from the field, is that really impressive? Not really. Also, the Raptors fans may be scared when I even mention this, but his defense is out of stadium. That is literally out of stadium, because the way Derozan plays defense he might as well not be on the court. In conclusion, should someone be an all star team which is full of team leaders because their leading a team with an easy schedule? No. The Snubbs: Lance Stephenson: The real question is, who didn’t he sleep with?. Lance Stephenson has been amazing on both sides of the court this year and has went from a little nothing to a superstar. It still shocks me how the coaches didn’t choose him. Why? Maybe it’s because he crushed their teams continuously. Lance Stephenson isn’t only playing a shooting guard, but is also playing point guard for the Pacers as George Hill has been an ineffective point guard, as his passing skills haven’t been high on the charts. Overall, Lance Stephenson does it all. Rebounding, passing, defense, shooting, and all of the above. Kyle Lowry: Kyle Lowry is the best guard in the country. That is Canada of course. In all seriousness, Lowry has been outstanding and has not only ran the offense, but has been solid on the defensive side. Also Kyle Lowry has averaged nearly 19 points, eight assists, and almost five rebounds in the last 30 days whilst shooting 46% from the field. He’s not only much more deserving than Derozan, but he may even be the best point guard in the Conference. All I know is, that these coaches screwed up big time, but regardless we are in for an exciting weekend in New Orleans.