Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.
Which snubbed All-Star has the best case for going to the All-Star Game next weekend?
Steve Aschburner: Let’s see, Ryan Anderson might be in town so … look, what with the GOP debates, the price of gasoline and some of those outfits at the Grammys, my outrage needle is on “E” by the time I get to All-Star (ahem) snubs. But Atlanta’s Josh Smith has had a nice season and could be a helpful replacement pick if the East needs one. From the West, Golden State’s Monta Ellis seems like a perfect All-Star Game player – and he could justify a trip to Orlando as a way to bend Dwight Howard’s ear a little about the merits of playing in a different O-town.
Fran Blinebury: Rajon Rondo with 32-15-10 reasons, just to name a few.
Scott Howard-Cooper: Nobody. While there were several deserving candidates who did not get invitations to Orlando – Josh Smith, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap, Monta Ellis, Kyle Lowry – there are no glaring oversights this season. No snubs. Just close calls who did not make it.
Shaun Powell: Has someone come up with an injury yet? Because there can’t be an All-Star addition without a subtraction. That said, Josh Smith (if he didn’t kill his chances with his “kiss enough butt” comment) is likely in the East, while Rudy Gay is on deck in the West. Seeing how injuries are the story of this lockout season, somebody will pull a muscle in 3 … 2… 1 …
John Schuhmann: Other than Jeremy Lin? If stats are what you’re looking for, Greg Monroe is the biggest snub. He’s got better raw numbers than any other center (East or West) not named Dwight Howard. The problem is that his team stinks and he hasn’t yet learned how to be a defensive anchor at 6-foot-11. So I’ll go with Kyle Lowry, who’s the engine for a team that is overachieving in the Western Conference. His shooting numbers aren’t pretty, but the Rockets are so much better when he’s on the floor than when he’s not.
Sekou Smith: First and foremost, there are always going to be guys who feel like they were snubbed during this process because there is no set criteria for All-Star selections when it comes to the reserves. The coaches have their own set of values they use to decide, values that I have already questioned openly. For my money, Hawks forward Josh Smith was the most egregious omission from the list followed closely by Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry, Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay, Jazz forward Paul Millsap and Warriors guard Monta Ellis.