Question of the Day: Who was undeservedly passed over for the NBA All-Star team? [Updated]
Writers from around the Tribune Co. weigh in on the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses and feel free to leave a comment of your own.
Barry Stavro, Los Angeles Times
In his third year in the league, Love’s skill set has blossomed. He has 34 consecutive double-doubles, leads the league with 43 doubles this season, is tops in rebounding with 15.5 a game, while averaging 21.4 points. He’s also shooting 44% from beyond the three-point arc.
Charles Barkley said Love’s omission from the All-Star roster was a “travesty” — and for once Barkley has it right.
Attention: David Stern. You can fix this by naming Love as Yao Ming’s replacement.
K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Luol Deng should be an Eastern Conference All-Star for reasons beyond the fact I cover him every day.
The biggest reason for this is the Bulls are 20 games over .500 and only have one All-Star in Derrick Rose. That's wrong. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah both would've drawn strong consideration if not for injuries.
So Deng is the guy. And while his numbers aren't flashy, they compare favorably to Paul Pierce's and, though he plays a different position, Joe Johnson's. Deng guards multiple positions. He worked hard in the offseason to stretch his range and become an effective 3-point shooter.
And he has played in every game, ranking in the top five all season in average minutes played. He's dependable, consistent, reliable -- and should've been an All-Star.
[Updated at 12:41 p.m.
Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel
In the East, I don't think you could make an argument for anyone, especially when the "snubbed" list amounts to little more than, say, Carlos Boozer, Josh Smith, Andrew Bogut and Raymond Felton.
In the West, the glaring omission is Kevin Love, who has stood as the statistic face of the NBA over the first half of the season with his double-doubles.
But, even beyond that, LaMarcus Aldridge has almost single-handedly kept the Trail Blazers afloat, the Spurs certainly could merit a third All-Star in Tony Parker in light of their league-best record, and can you actually have an All-Star Game without Steve Nash?
Fortunately, David Stern gets to name an injury replacement for Yao Ming in the West. What needs to follow is Carmelo getting traded to the East in advance of the All-Star Game to open another slot.]
Photo: Kevin Love. Credit: Jesse Johnson / US Presswire