NBA

The All-Never-an-All-Star Team

Much has been made over the years about the NBA’s best players never to be named to an All-Star Game. Here is my starting 5 on that team. On my team I will not highlight anyone under the age of 35 still playing in the league because there is a chance some players will still make an All-Star team. So you will not find Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Al Jefferson, Gordon Hayward, Mike Conley, or Ty Lawson on my team. Here’s my team:

Point Guard: Andre Miller

One of two active players on my list, but after 19 seasons it’s unlikely that this is his year to finally breakthrough. Miller has finished in the top 10 in assists nine different times, including leading the league in 2001-02. His 8,437 career assists is 9th most all-time and all those with more are in the Hall of Fame or are on their way (Jackson, Kidd, and Nash). He is the only player in NBA history to amass 16,000 points, 8,000 assists, and 1,500 steals without making an All-Star Team.

Best Chance to Make the All-Star Game:

in 2001-02, Miller averaged 16.5 PPG, 10.9 APG, 4.7 RPG, and 1.6 SPG. The guards that made the East squad that year were Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, and 1st time All-Star, Baron Davis.

Shooting Guard: Jason Terry

One of the greatest shooters in the game’s history, Terry was a key contributor for the 2009 Dallas Mavericks championship team. He was also a 6th-Man of the Year Award Winner after averaging 19.6 PPG, 3.4 APG, 2.4 RPG, and 1.3 SPG. Terry is currently sitting 3rd on the all-time list for three pointers made with 2,076 to go along with his 17,986 points, 5,155 assists, and 1,4468 steals in 16 seasons.

Best Chance to Make the All-Star Game:

2001-02, the same year that Andre Miller was passed over. Terry averaged 19.3 PPG, 5.7 APG, 3.5 RPG, 1.8 SPG and shot 38.7% from 3 as the Hawks best player. Baron Davis had similar numbers that year, but played in 27 fewer games due to injury.

Small Forward: Clifford Robinson

Robinson was one of the original stretch forwards. At 6’10”, Robinson played both Forward positions and Center and topped the 20 PPG mark three times. His best years were with Portland in the 90’s and helped the Blazers reach the Finals in 1990 and 1992. Not many players survive 19 seasons in the NBA and Robinson played more NBA minutes than any non-All-Star player in history with 42,561 (#22 all-time). His 19,591 career points rank 47th all-time to go with his 1,253 career 3’s on 35.6%.

Best Chance to Make the All-Star Game:

In 1993 Robinson averaged 21.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.4 SPG, and 2.3 BPG. Robinson was passed over in favor of 3 other first-time All-Star forwards: Sean Elliot, Shawn Kemp, and Danny Manning. Dan Majerle also made his 2nd All-Star team that year as picked by the coaches. Robinson’s teammates Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter both made the All-Star Team that year. Too bad for Robinson that in the coaches’ minds the Blazers were undeserving of a 3rd All-Star that year.

Power Forward: Robert Horry

“Big Shot Bob” earned that nickname as a key contributor on 7 championship teams in 17 seasons. Winning multiple championships with the Rockets, Lakers, and Spurs, but never as one of the teams top 3 players, making it very difficult for him to ever get into an All-Star Game. His career numbers are underwhelming with 7,715 points, 5,269 rebounds, 2,343 assists, and 1,158 steals, but his ability to hit big shots in the clutch lifted his teams year after year. In 2008, he set the record for playoff games played with 244, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Best Chance to Make the All-Star Game:

With a 7 PPG career average, never averaging more than 12 PPG in any season and being a full-time starter for just 5 seasons, there really was never a season that Horry had a chance to make the All-Star Team. Players like Horry just don’t get that type of attention. Rarely do you find a player more likely to make the Hall of Fame than to make an All-Star Team.

Center: Marcus Camby

The “Camby Man” was one of the few number 1 overall picks never to make an All-Star Team (though there are a few Michael Olowokandi’s out there). Camby was still a monster on the defensive end and on the glass, leading the league in blocks per game 4 times. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award and finished his career with 2,331 blocks (13th all-time) and 9,513 career rebounds (47th all-time). He also finished 2nd in RPG twice finishing behind only Dwight Howard both times.

Best Chance to Make the All-Star Game:

In 2007-08 playing for the Denver Nuggets, Camby averaged a league leading 3.61 BPG and was 2nd in RPG at 13.1 to go with 9.1 PPG, 3.3 APG, and 1.06 SPG. Camry passed over Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, and first-time All-Star David West in a year where no back-up Center was chosen to back-up Yao Ming. The West lost, giving up 134 points that year. Maybe they could’ve used Camby on defense.

Let me know if I forgot anyone in your comments below.

 

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