Only 24 players get selected to the prestigious All-Star game every year, twelve from the East and twelve from the West. An All Star appearance is the equivalent of becoming a nominee for an Oscar in the world of the NBA. It is the highest stage in the NBA outside of the NBA Finals, as celebrities are present, the media quadruples, and the lights are turned on brightly. Some say that the All Star game is more of a popularity contest than a talent contest, and it is. For example, if the All Star voting was not opened up to the entire world and just limited to the United States, there is no way that Yao Ming would have started ahead of Shaquille O’Neal. So, there is certainly a sense in which the All Star game is about popularity. However, no scrubs are going to make the All Star team just because they are popular.
The only people that make the All Star team are the upper tier of the NBA. Of course, there are always talented players that get snubbed time after time, and some for their entire careers. Unfortunately, with the way that the All Star selection is set up, some players happen to play positions where there is an abundance of talent. For example, there are so many talented point guards in the NBA, it is nearly impossible to make the All Star team in the Western Conference unless your name is Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook.
A few years ago, the NBA did alter the position-by-position allocations by making the All Star game solely of guards and forwards. The center position, for example, is now entirely gone, and big men have to fight for a spot with small forwards and power forwards. This inevitably eliminates many centers that could have made the All Star team a few years ago, who weren't talented enough.
Whether the All Star voting system changes or not is anybody’s guess, but one thing is for sure, there will always be players that are snubbed year after year. This is a list of the top players that were never able to make it and some might shock you.
10 Toni Kukoc (1993-2006)
9 Isaiah Rider (1993-2002)
8 Byron Scott (1983-1997)
7 Orlando Woolridge (1981-1994)
6 Derek Harper (1983-1999)
5 Rod Strickland (1988-2005)
4 Mike Bibby (1998-2012)
3 Lamar Odom (1999-2013)
2 Jalen Rose (1994-2007)
1 Marcus Camby (1996-2013)
Camby had a career average of 9.5 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, and 2.4 blocks per game. His best year was in 2007-2008 when he averaged 9.1 points per game, 13.1 rebounds per game, and 3.6 blocks per game. Camby led the league in blocks four different times and is ranked 13th all time in NBA history. He was always one of the best weakside shot blockers in the NBA and even won Defensive Player of the Year in the 2006-2007 season. Yet, for whatever reason, Camby played 17 seasons in the NBA without making an All-Star team even once.
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