The 2014 NBA All-Star reserves list has been released and it hasn’t gone without some serious controversy from NBA fans around the country regarding which players actually deserved the selection and which players were snubbed from the reserves list. Here at S.U. we pride ourselves on delivering you the most unbiased information from the fans perspective. Several writers were asked to list two players who performed at the highest level and deserved to be an All-Star. We now deliver you the Sports Unbiased 2014 NBA All-Star snubs list.
2014 Eastern Conference All-Star Snubs
Al Jefferson, C, Charlotte Bobcats:
Joe Mays: I could certainly make the case as to why Al Jefferson from the Bobcats should have made it over Chris Bosh. With the surprising success of the Bobcats, and how the Heat play down to their competition, not to mention Jefferson is putting up more points and rebounds, I feel that Jefferson is more deserving. I think Bosh got the All-Star vote due to things in the past and the marketing hype that surrounds the Big-3 in Miami. I do understand why Bosh doesn’t score more and don’t hold it against him, but lets talk about his poor rebounding. If you’re scoring less, you should have more energy for cleaning up the boards. The reality is his rebounding has gotten worse each year in Miami. He’s currently at a career low for rebounds per game, at 6.7. To me, a PF or C has to average more than 6.7 rebounds per game to be considered an All Star. Jefferson got snubbed!
Lance Stephenson, PG, Indiana Pacers
Tyler Triplett: Lance has shown improvement in every area of his game this season. He does it all for a Pacers team that currently sits in first place in the Eastern Conference. He’s averaging 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.3 assists (all career highs). Stephenson is a triple double threat every time he walks on the court and he should have been a member of the All-Star reserves for the east.
Alexander Brooks: He has four triple-doubles this season, two more than Durant and four more than Lebron. He is averaging 14 points, and seven rebounds, but is overshadowed by the play of some of the other Pacer stars. Because of this, he was snubbed from the Eastern All-Star team.
Joe Mays: In the East, I feel that Lance Stephenson should have been included. He leads the league in Triple Doubles and he has been a valuable piece to Indy’s success this season. With Indy being the top team in the East, having three All-Stars is justifiable.
2014 Western Conference All-Star Snubs
Anthony Davis, F-C, New Orleans Pelicans
Jr. Williams: Anthony Davis is arguably the best player at his position in the Eastern Conference and I honestly think he should have gotten the nod over Chris Bosh and Roy Hibbert. True, both Hibbert and Bosh have winning records with receptive their teams, however if were going to talk about the most efficient player in the conference, well you have to give Davis the All-Star slot. Davis is averaging a double-double for crying out loud and his regular season numbers blow away those of Chris Bosh and Roy Hibbert. With his athleticism, he would definitely make the All-Star game a more exciting contest for the Eastern Conference team, instead I have to watch a slow Roy Hibbert and a jump-shooting Chris Bosh.
Tyler Triplett: After an injury plagued rookie year, Davis has been a true force in his sophomore season. He’s shown a soft touch on offense averaging 20.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He’s also been dominant on the defensive end averaging 1.5 steals and 3.3 blocks per game.
Alexander Brooks: Davis is a young star who was snubbed in this years All-Star voting. He is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds, plus he is leading the league in blocks. He’s a young star that is flashy to watch, perfect for the All-Star game, and being the future, he definitely got snubbed.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings and Goran Dragic, G, Phoenix Suns
Joe Mays: In the West, I’d like to give it to DeMarcus Cousins, but with a deep pool of talent, I have to look at his team’s record. That brings questions as to Is he really an All-Star or a Looter in the Riot? A case could be made for several other players just as easily in the west. With so many options to choose from, I have to go with rewarding wins. Because of this, I will choose Goran Dragic. With a 28-18 record, and putting up 19.7 ppg and 6.1 apg, I feel that he deserves it more than other guys who got snubbed.
Jr. Williams: Let’s see, Cousins has been named player of the week, he is arguably the best center in the Western Conference maybe even the league, and one of the few players at his position putting up more than 22 points and 11 rebounds per game. That certainly sounds like All-Star numbers to me. He also transformed his reputation as being a problem child for the Kings into being the best player and a leader for his team. Cousins is also among 28 players who have been selected for the 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team pool. Sounds like an All-Star snub me.