The NBA announced the All-Star game reserves on Thursday and with only seven sub spots to join the starters voted in by fans for both teams, there is always a few deserving players left off the roster.
The East reserves include Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) and the Boston Celtics. Well, not all of the C's but close enough with the addition of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Despite only three teams being represented by the East subs, there weren't a lot of options in the top-heavy conference. In fact, I'd consider Josh Smith of Atlanta the biggest snub, so I guess he could take Joe Johnson's spot or Rondo's strictly due to missed games. Of course, the Pacers have made Smith look like an all-star so maybe he doesn't always play to that level. Carlos Boozer certainly deserved some strong consideration as well.
The West reserves are a little more puzzling just because there are far more worthy candidates in the West. So when considering snubs you have to remove a player that made it first. The reserves include Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), Deron Williams (Utah Jazz), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) and Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers.
Griffin and Duncan would be the two most likely to be replaced but both bring something special to the game. The fresh, new highlight machine in Griffin and the fundamental, veteran superstar in Duncan. Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge tops the snub list averaging 21.9 points and 9 rebounds for the Blazers. The worst thing about this snub is that Aldridge will be in town on Friday night to take out his frustration and make his case to be named a replacement for the injured Yao Ming. Other West snubs include Kevin Love, Monta Ellis and Zach Randolph.
So which players do you think deserve a spot on the All-Star team?