The NBA All-Star Game is a seasonal celebration of the league’s best players that usually takes place over the festive period. It is a time when fans can forget about their team’s ups and down to focus on watching some great basketball – even if it isn’t always ultra-competitive! There are always so many spots, however, so someone has to miss out. This is our NBA All-Star Game’s all-snub team.
Center – Marcus Camby, 2006-07
Marcus Camby didn’t take long in establishing himself as one of the league’s most dominant centers. In 2007, he was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year but still didn’t make it into the All-Star Game. Camby was a big player for the Knicks, Nuggets, and Clippers during his career. Perhaps his standout defensive play was deserving of an All-Star spot, but the fans want to see points so often defensive players get overlooked.
Power forward – Dirk Nowitzki, 2000-01
The Dallas Mavericks’ iconic power forward was still warming up to the NBA in 2000, but that didn’t stop him giving many players nightmares. Nowitzki averaged 21.8 PPG and 9.2 rebounds per game to announce himself as one of the most effective players in the league. He went on to become a mainstay of the All-Star game for the next decade, but many felt he should have been in the game during the 2000-01 season.
Small forward – Corey Maggette, 2004-05
Small forward Corey Maggette never made it into an All-Star Game, but he probably deserved to be there thanks to his form between 2004 and 2005. He was on fire for the Clippers during that time, establishing himself as a consistent 15+ point scorer. The man could jump and was both a danger from the free-throw line and anywhere within field goal range. His career-best season came in 04-05, but injuries put an end to his NBA career not long after.
Shooting guard – Ron Harper, 1988-89
You could pick any of Ron Harper’s seasons and say he deserved to be in the All-Star game. The shooting guard won the NBA Championship five times, but those five rings were not enough to put him in the game. In his 1988-89 season he couldn’t miss and had a field goal percentage of .511 as well as 5.3 assists per game and 18.6 PPG.
Point guard – Rod Strickland, 1997-98
Somehow Rod Strickland never made his way into a single All-Star Game, despite being one of the standout players in the league. He was a threat from the paint, would steal the ball from you if you hesitated for a second, and wasn’t afraid to pass to his teammates. Despite a career-high 10.5 assists per game, and a respectable 17.8 PPG, Strickland still couldn’t force his way into the All-Star picture in the 1997-98 season.
These players were snubbed from the All-Star Game and must have been left wondering what else they had to do to make the team. We’ve made amends and lined them up in our very special ‘all-snub’ team.