One of the most controversial selections in all of sports is the NBA’s All-Star selections. Every year there are arguments made for players to get in, and every year they’re players who get left out of the game that more than deserve to be a part of the weekend festivities. The controversy behind the process has been modified, but not completely fixed. There’s a worst player in the all-star game every year, even though they're considered to be stars that particular year the game is played.
Some years the worst players are easy to spot, but other years the participants in the game are all pretty deserving of the honor bestowed on them. One way that a player can make an all-star appearance despite not having great numbers is through the fan vote which used to determine the starting lineup for both the east and west all-stars. That process has been modified for the 2017 all-star game, but there will always be players that get snubbed from the reserves. In the history of the all-star game there has not always been a complete roster of star players for both the eastern and western conference.
Here is a list of The Worst All Star from the last 15 All Stars games:
15 2003: Brad Miller
Brad Miller had an extremely successful career considering he played over 10 years in the NBA after not being drafted, but his numbers never warranted him to be named an all-star. Miler averaged 13 points and eight rebounds a night in his first full year with the Indiana Pacers during the 2002-03 NBA season. The center position was more valued at this time in the NBA, which caused there to be three centers selected to the Eastern Conference squad.
14 2004: Jamaal Magloire
13 2005: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
12 2006: Ben Wallace
11 2007: Mehmut Okur
10 2008: Rasheed Wallace
9 2009: Rashard Lewis
Rashard Lewis was always known as a great three point shooter during his playing days. He was more suited for the three point contest during all-star weekend, but somehow in 2009 he was able to make it to the all-star game in Phoenix. He was the second leading scorer on the Orlando Magic that year by averaging 17 points a game, but was only able to grab five boards a night. The five boards he averaged were exceptionally low considering he played the power forward position and stood at 6 feet, 10 inches tall.
8 2010: Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson was one of the most loved and hated players in NBA history, and this is why Iverson somehow was named a starter for the 2010 NBA all-star game. The fans voted him in as a starter despite his highly dramatic dilemmas on and off the court during the 2009-10 NBA season. Iverson began the year with the Memphis Grizzlies, but after just three games he left the team indefinitely.
7 2011: Yao Ming
Yao Ming was a cultural phenomenon while he was in the NBA, and his presence in the league brought large exposure for the NBA to China. Yao was named an all-star nine times while in the NBA, but he was shockingly named an all-star in 2011. The fans voted him in as a starter despite him only playing in five games the entire season. Yao was recovering from a stress fracture in his foot when the festive exhibition game took place, and 2011 would be his last year in the league.
6 2012: Andre Iguodala
5 2013: Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler has had an up and down career since being drafted second overall in the 2001 NBA draft. He found great success with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, and was a factor in them upsetting the Miami Heat for the NBA championship. He turned his successful run with the Mavs into a long term deal with the New York Knicks. Chandler was known as a good complimentary player for a team to have, but in 2013 he was selected as a reserve for the Eastern Conference all-star team.
4 2014: Roy Hibbert
3 2015: Kyle Korver
The Atlanta Hawks were one of the biggest surprises in 2014-15. In January of 2015, which was a month before the all star game, the Atlanta Hawks became the first team in NBA history to finish a calendar month with 17 wins and zero losses. This led to the Hawks getting three players named as reserves for the all-star game. Kyle Korver has never been thought to be a star player during his long career in the NBA, but when Dwyane Wade could not participate in the game due to an injury Kyle Korver was named as his replacement.
2 2016: Kobe Bryant
The 2015-16 NBA season was special in the sense that it was the great Kobe Bryant’s last season. Arenas around the country celebrated Kobe’s legacy as he played in his final game in their cities, and it was no surprise that the fans voted him into the all-star game despite him not having numbers that matched up with other great players around the NBA. Kobe was only scoring around 17 points a game which was eight points lower than his career average of 25 points a game.
1 2017: Draymond Green
There is no denying that midway through the 2016-17 NBA season the Golden State Warriors look like the best team in the NBA so far, and should be the favorite to bring home an NBA championship in 2017. The Warriors have four star players now that Kevin Durant has joined the team. With the addition of Durant one of the Warriors three other stars was going to have to sacrifice some of their numbers for the good of the team.
Draymond Green has been the one most affected by Durant’s presence, and so far he has only been able to put up 10 points a contest. His rebounding and assist numbers are still decent, but with his scoring numbers so low, it is hard to consider him an all-star this season.
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