Every year, there are an abundance of fantastic players who are left off the All Star roster. But who do you believe are among the best players to NEVER make an NBA All-Star team? Here’s my Top Five.
Bibby was one of the best all around guards in the NBA for a three-year stretch with the Sacramento Kings, teaming with Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic and coach Rick Adelman to contend in the Western Conference for a scintillating sliver of time back from 2003 to 2006. His best season was in 2005-06 when he averaged 21 points per game to go along with six assists.
Miller was once known to dominate a game with the slipperiest of scoring techniques from all over the floor. A consummate floor general, Miller was always a threat to give you at least 15 points per game and 10 assists per game over a seven year stretch. However, each year he faced stiff competition from other all star guards and never broke through. But he definitely could make it funky fo’ ya.
For a span, Camby was the man! Though his most memorable years were in New York and Denver, he continued to impact the game throughout the length of his 19-year career. Long, lean, and athletic, The Camby Man was a especially a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end. He averaged nearly four blocks per game to go along with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds per game, but still didn’t get the nod.
Many diehard Knicks fans still mourn the day when Rod Strickland was shipped off to the San Antonio Spurs in 1990. Maaan, listen, prototypical size for the position, New York City playground-honed handles, the ability to finish strong among the trees, and the vision and intelligence to get his teammates involved, Strick is still one of my favorite point guards of all time. His omission from the ranks of NBA All-Star immortality is downright criminal.
The Big Smooth was just that, smooth and silky with the buttery soft southpaw touch. He was also the original stretch five, shooting a career high 45 percent from beyond the arc in 1992. Though you wouldn’t know it due to his NBA championship cupboard being bare, he was a part of some excellent contending teams in Los Angeles and Seattle. His humble career averages of 11 points and five rebounds per game throw shade on a versatile skill set that was ahead of its time 20 years ago.