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.
This played a huge factor in why Miller got the starting nod over forwards and guards with better resumes than himself. Miller was able to make another all-star game after 2003, and was only able to accumulate averages of six points and four rebounds in those two games.
14 2004: Jamaal Magloire
Jamaal Magloire might be one of the worst players to ever be named to the NBA all star game in NBA history, and he was not even replacing anyone in the game. He made the team as a reserve, and to the shock of almost everyone he had a great game by scoring 19 points and pulling eight boards for the Eastern Conference all-stars. These numbers far exceeded his career averages of seven points and seven rebounds a game. Magloire was having a career year for the New Orleans Hornets during the 2003-04 NBA season, and although 13 points and 10 rebounds are good averages they are far from elite numbers. The center position was not abundant with talent in the NBA at the time, and this made it easy for Magloire to be considered a top flight center in the league.
13 2005: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
The 2005 NBA All Star game did not really have any players selected who were all that bad, but Zydrunas Ilgauskaus although having a pretty good year was the worst player selected to the all star game in 2005. His fellow Cleveland Cavalier teammate LeBron James joined him in the game that features the best players in the league. The Cavaliers during the 2004-05 NBA season did not warrant having two all-stars, and by the end of the year the Cavs did not even qualify for the payoffs. Ilgauskas was the team's second best player that year averaging 17 points a night. Teams with multiple all-stars should be shoe ins to make the NBA postseason, but James and Ilgauskas had a poor supporting cast which resulted in them finishing in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
12 2006: Ben Wallace
The 2006 All Star game would be Ben Wallace’s fourth appearance in the game. Most people who followed the NBA in the 2000s knew that Wallace was a dominant defensive player, but had a lot of difficulties on the offensive end. It's no surprise then, that in his four all-star appearances he was only able to score three points a game. During the 2005-06 NBA season the Detroit Pistons were considered to be one of the elite teams in the NBA, but Wallace did struggle offensively and only averaged seven points a game which was a two point drop off from the previous season. It is hard to make an argument that a player who only scores seven points a game is worthy of being an NBA all-star.
11 2007: Mehmut Okur
Mehmut Okur was a part of a pretty good Utah Jazz team that featured Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer. Okur was the third best player on his team so it is a little strange as to how he made the all-star game but his teammate Deron Williams failed to make it. Okur was having a pretty good year averaging 17 points and seven rebounds a game, but in the actual all-star game itself he put up a below mediocre stat line of four points and two rebounds. The 2006-07 season was the only year in which Okur participated in the highly watched exhibition match up. He was never able to avenge his poor stat line in another all-star game, and he had a better 2005-06 season despite not making it to the game that year.
10 2008: Rasheed Wallace
Rasheed Wallace was an integral member of the Detroit Pistons squad who made it to back to back NBA finals in 2004 and 2005. In 2008 Wallace made the move to the center position when the team opted not to bring back Chris Webber, but this did not increase or decrease his production any. The Pistons as a team were not as good as they had been during their finals runs. Wallace was only averaging a little over 12 points and six rebounds a game during the 2007-2008 NBA season, but he was still able to make an all-star appearance with these average numbers. Wallace was selected by David Stern to be an all-star reserve after Kevin Garnett had to pull out of the game due to injury.
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.
The Magic were a good team that year, as they wound up making it to the NBA Finals, and this may have been a contributing factor as to how he got made a reserve for the all-star game.
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.
He then signed with his old team the Philadelphia 76ers. After 25 games with the team he left them to tend to his sick daughter. On the year Iverson averaged 13 points and four assists a game which is well below his usual numbers which got him to the previous 10 all-star games. Sometimes reputation is more important than anything.
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.
In the five games he played during the 2010-11 NBA season Yao averaged 10 points and five rebounds a night. These are well off the 19 points and nine rebounds he averaged during his career, and if not for fan voting he would not have even been considered to be a participant in the game.
6 2012: Andre Iguodala
The 2011-12 NBA season was shortened due to a lockout, and the Philadelphia 76ers were able to get off to a hot start towards the beginning of the year. Due to this success Andre Iguodala was named an all-star despite not having the most stellar numbers. Iguodala was known for being someone who was a jack of all trades but not a master of any. He was a great defender and a pretty good passer and rebounder also, but no one thought of him as a star player in the NBA. Iguodala was named as an all-star reserve after accumulating a stat line of 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists a game. Surely someone who plays the wing and is the best player on the team would be expected to score more than 12 points a night.
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.
His numbers were not star material for the Knicks. He scored 10 points a game, and most of these points came off offensive put backs and shots close to the basket. Chandler certainly was not worthy of being named an all-star even though he was able to grab double figure rebounds almost every night.
4 2014: Roy Hibbert
The Indiana Pacers were one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, and almost defeated the Miami Heat in the playoffs a couple times but to no avail. Hibbert was seen as one of the better big men in the league, but was not even one of the two best players on his own team. In 2014, the Eastern Conference all-stars did not have a starting center. They did have three centers as reserves, and Hibbert was able to get one of those spots as a reserve big man. His stats were very unimpressive at 11 points and six rebounds per night. Hibbert is a towering seven feet and two inches tall, and his six rebound average is extremely disappointing just based on his size.
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.
The Hawks played great team basketball which did not make any of the individuals on the teams stats pop out at anyone. Korver had the least appealing numbers of his fellow Hawks all-stars by only averaging 12 points and four rebounds a contest.
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.
Kobe also only shot a horrid 35 percent from the field during his final season, and didn’t provide much rebounds and assists for his team either. Kobe only scored 10 points in the actual all-star game proving that all his other all-star teammates were much more deserving than himself.
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.