The 2011 NBA All Star reserves were just announced and according to Yahoo! Sports, here’s who made it:
WEST Reserves: Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Manu Ginobili, Dirk Nowitzki & Deron Williams
EAST Reserves: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh, Al Horford and Joe Johnson
*According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Steve Nash will replace Yao Ming, who has been out for the majority of the season with injury.
So, who got snubbed?
Kevin Love (PF, Timberwolves): This is the first name I think of for this year’s snubs. This might go down in history as the worst snub, ever. Love is averaging 21.4 points per game (16th best in the NBA) and a league leading 15.5 rebounds per game. Sure, his team is awful. They have only won 10 games this entire season. But according to Win Shares, Kevin has been responsible for 7.8 of those 10 wins. No one in the NBA is responsible for a greater % of their teams wins in terms of Win Shares. For more, read this great piece by Myles Brown. And if all that doesn’t convince you, I have two words for you: Thirty-Thirty
LaMarcus Aldridge (PF, Trailblazers): LMA is one of only four players averaging at least 21 points and 9 rebounds in the NBA (Love, Griffin, Howard). LaMarcus also has a team — who has lost its leading scorer as well as it’s former #1 pick — 3 games above .500 and currently in 8th place in the though West. He has literally carried this team to a playoff spot while putting up better numbers than All-Star power forwards Gasol, Nowitzki and Duncan.
Zach Randolph (PF, Grizzlies): Z-Bo deserves some love for what he has done this season. His 20 points and 13.3 rebounds per game put him in a very small group and he has his historically comical Memphis Grizzlies 2 games above .500 and just 1/2 a game out of the playoffs.
Eric Gordon (SG, Clippers): EJ is the 8th highest scorer in the NBA but I can understand why he was left off. The Clippers are 23 miles below .500 and his teammate, Blake Grffin, was selected. Can’t justify two All Stars on a sub-.500 team when the Spurs — best record in the NBA — barely got in two themselves.
Carlos Boozer (PF, Bulls): Carlos’ 19.8 points and 10.2 rebounds got looked over mainly because he missed 1/3 of the games to start the season but can we really ignore the fact that Boozer is the second best player on the NBA’s third best team? (based on W’s/L’s)
Raymond Felton (PG, Knicks): Ray started out the season red hot and was a leading candidate to make the All-Star team this season. But despite his continued production — 17.1 points and 8.9 assists per game — his team has dropped to 25-23 and the 6th seed in a soft Eastern Conference.
Do you think anyone else got snubbed this season? Do you feel that I snubbed a player by nut including them on my ‘snubbed’ list esentially double snubbing them? Want to rant and rave about it? Let us know in the comments below or on twitter: @Stacheketball & @Suga_Shane