One of the highest accolades an NBA player can receive is having been named an NBA All-Star as it dictates that the player has been recognized as being one of the best players in the game (the actual game that is the NBA more so then the actual NBA All-Star Game), for that said year. Some NBA players such as Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have been named an NBA All-Star almost as long as they've played in the league with the "Black Mamba" having been selected as an All-Star on a whopping eighteen occasions and "The Big Fundamental" having racked up a slightly less impressive fifteen All-Star selections. Thus, it's safe to say that Bryant's and Duncan's legacy and All-Star selections are something that fans won't forget today, tomorrow or practically ever as they're amongst the greatest players in NBA history.
But, not every NBA All-Star selection lives on forever in NBA folklore. On the contrary, there are those NBA players that fans cannot believe were selected to an NBA All-Star Team. These are the players that make you scratch your head and say who. Here, we take a look at fifteen NBA All-Stars fans definitely do not remember.
15 Jamaal Magloire
Not only is it very likely that fans do not remember that former Canadian Center Jamaal Magloire was selected as an NBA All-Star, it's also pretty likely that many fans do not remember the NBA player that was Jamaal Magloire. Having played in the NBA beginning in the 2000-2001 season and having called it a career at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 season, Magloire only garnered a single NBA All-Star selection.
In 2003-2004, Magloire was named an NBA All-Star as a member of the then New Orleans Hornets.
Yet, while Magloire's numbers were certainly respectable as he put up double-double averages in the points and rebounds with 13.6 an 10.3 respectably, those numbers do not exactly shout out the word All-Star at you. Furthermore, this was Magloire's most successful season in the stat department as he never averaged double-digit rebounds in a season again and only averaged double-digit points once more in his career (the following season in 2004-2005). Once his NBA career concluded, Malgoire worked as a consultant and ambassador for the Toronto Raptors. Something tells me a certain rapper by the name of Drake may have something to do with Magloire no longer being an ambassador for the team!
14 Brad Miller
Standing at 7 feet tall, is it more surprising that Brad Miller has a tattoo of the cartoon character Scrappy Doo from the Scooby Doo series, or that he was not just named an NBA All-Star once, but was named one twice? Racking up back-to-back selections in 2003 and 2004, Miller wasn't just an NBA All-Star; he was an NBA All-Star for both the Eastern and Western Conference. In 2002-2003, Miller played for the Eastern Conference Indiana Pacers and in 2003-2004 he played for the Western Conference Sacramento Kings.
Despite being recognized as an NBA All-Star on multiple occasions in his NBA career, Miller's numbers fail to stand out.
Thus, it's hard to resonate with many as to why Miller was an NBA All-Star in the first place. In 2002-2003, Miller touted a scoring average of 14.1 PPG and 10.3 RPG which was the first and only season in which he averaged a double-double. In 2003-2004 his numbers were practically identical as he but upped his scoring to 15.6 PPG while his rebounding decreased to 9.1 PPG. Miller would have steps in Chicago and Houston after Sacramento before he'd call it a career in 2011-2012 with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
13 Mehmet Okur
Born in Yalova, Turkey, Mehmet Okur was drafted thirty-seventh overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2001 NBA Draft. While Okur indeed won an NBA Championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, he was unable to showcase his skillset to his full capacity as he came off the bench behind the dominant Power Forward and Center duo of Rasheed and Ben Wallace. In the 2004 offseason, Okur signed with the Utah Jazz and immediately became a focal part of his team's game plan.
In the 2005-2006 season, his second season with the franchise, Okur started and played in all eighty-two games for the team that plays its home games in Salt Lake City and earned his first and sole NBA All-Star selection. Now, Okur's numbers certainly dictate that he was worthy of playing in that season's premier showcase of NBA talent, but it is unlikely many remember that Okur had indeed been named an All-Star. Okur averaged career highs all across the board with 18.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG and 2.4 APG. Okur wrapped up his NBA career in 2011-2012 as a member of the then New Jersey Nets. He finished his career averaging 13.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 1.7 APG.
12 David West
Now thirty-seven and relegated to a bench role behind the likes of Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, it's clear to any and all (David West included) that West is a mere role player. However, a decade prior, West was indeed an All-Star as he played alongside one the game's elite Point Guards not just then, but now as well in Chris Paul. West was selected to the Western Conference All-Star team in 2008 and 2009 and it's easy to see why when examining the numbers. West put up 20.6 PPG and 8.9 RPG in the 2007-2008 NBA campaign and followed that up with averages of 21.0 PPG and 8.0 RPG in the 2008-2009 NBA season.
West's best years of his career came in New Orleans and with the exception of his Rookie and Sophomore season, West never averaged less than 17.1 PPG and 7.4 RPG in a season which both came in his Junior season. While CP3 is often credited with the success of the Hornets during his tenure in "The Big Easy", it's impossible to discount how instrumental West was to the success of the Hornets as well considering West was the team's most integral played not named CP3.
11 Roy Hibbert
Selected seventeenth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2008 NBA Draft, former Georgetown Hoya Roy Hibbert actually never played a game for the NBA's lone Canadian franchise. Instead, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers a couple weeks after the 2008 NBA Draft. Hibbert played with the Indiana Pacers from the 2008-2009 season until the 2014-2015 NBA campaign and was named an NBA All-Star on two occasions with his first selection coming in 2012 and his second selection coming in 2014.
It's not that Hibbert wasn't an integral part of these Indiana Pacers teams and it can be argued that aside from Swingman Paul George, Hibbert was the team's Most Valuable Player. In the 2011-2012 NBA season, Hibbert posted averages of 12.8 PPG, 8.8 RPG and 2.0 BPG. The 12.8 PPG was a career-high for Hibbert, yet was nothing that wowed one to say Hibbert was worthy of his All-Star selection. In 2013-2014, Hibbert was selected for his second All-Star selection and this time he was even less deserving as he put up 10.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG and 2.2 BPG. Now, just thirty-one, Hibbert finds himself a free agent as he was released by the Denver Nuggets in February of 2017.
10 Gerald Wallace
Having played for the Alabama for one season before declaring himself NBA ready, Gerald Wallace was selected twenty-fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings. In Sacramento, Wallace had difficulty finding playing time and in 2004, Wallace received the opportunity he desperately needed to showcase his basketball skills when he was selected by the then Charlotte Bobcats as part of the 2004 Expansion Draft. Wallace started in sixty-eight of the seventy games he played in for the Bobcats that year and established himself as a young and upcoming threat on both sides of the floor as he put up 11.1 PPG and 5.0 RPG.
He was only selected as an NBA All-Star on one occasion which came in the 2009-2010 season.
In this season, Wallace averaged a double-double for the first and only time in his career as he averaged 18.2 PPG and 10.0 RPG. Wallace would never average more than 18.2 PPG again as his averages would slowly but surely begin to dip. Wallace wrapped up his NBA career in the 2014-2015 season while playing for the Boston Celtics. The writing was on the wall as Wallace struggled to find playing time as he only averaged 8.9 MPG and unsurprisingly only put up 1.1 PPG and 1.8 RPG.
9 Chris Kaman
The 2003 NBA Draft will forever be recognized as one of the greatest NBA Drafts in regards to the talent that was drafted as the first five picks included the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade (there was also Darko Milicic but that's nothing to be proud of). After Wade, who went fifth, the Los Angeles Clippers selected a big man by way of Central Michigan named Chris Kaman. Kaman, who had a serviceable NBA career as he wrapped up his playing days averaging 11.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG and 1.2 BPG absolutely went on a tear in the 2009-2010 season.
As a result, it isn't unfathomable to see why he was selected as an NBA All-Star in that year and in that year only. The Grand Rapids, Michigan born Kaman tore it up averaging 18.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG and 1.2 BPG. However, as this was prior to the Blake Griffin and Chris Paul led "Lob City" era of the Clippers, it's unlikely many remember Kaman ever made an All-Star team because quite frankly the Clippers were one of the league 's most unwatchable franchises during this time. Despite this, make no mistake, Kaman was certainly worthy of his All-Star nod.
8 Mo Williams
Arguably better known for being a John Legend lookalike, Mo Williams had a lengthy NBA career which began in the 2003-2004 NBA season and concluded in the 2016-2017 season. Williams was a starter for the vast majority of his NBA career and while he certainly had a number of seasons that could be debated regarding why he was not selected as an All-Star, his name fails to echo that he was a surefire All-Star once, let alone on multiple occasions. In the 2008-2009 NBA season, Williams had posted up 17+ PPG for the third straight season and unlike the first two seasons, this time it was good enough to earn him a nod on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.
The 2008-2009 NBA season saw Williams put up a career-high 17.8 PPG to go along with 4.1 APG. Williams would never go on to eclipse the 17.8 PPG over the course of a season as his scoring average dipped to 15.8 PPG in the following season. Williams made his name in Cleveland and it was only fitting that he was a part of the team's first NBA Championship as he rejoined the team in the 2015-2016 in a reserve capacity. His 8.2 PPG and 2.4 APG were a far cry from his initial run with the wine and gold but he proved to be a valuable bench asset for the franchise owned by Dan Gilbert.
7 Jameer Nelson
Selected with the twentieth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, former Saint Joseph's Point Guard Jameer Nelson was immediately dealt to the Orlando Magic on Draft Night in exchange for a 2005 First Round pick. Nelson was expected to be a lottery pick and the fact that he fell all the way to twenty had many NBA experts declaring him the steal of the draft before he even stepped foot on an NBA court. The 2004 NBA Draft was not just a successful one for the Magic (they selected Dwight Howard with the first overall pick), but it may have been their most successful NBA Draft in franchise history.
Nelson really took a leap in the 2008-2009 NBA season as in the 2007-2008 NBA season he averaged 10.9 PPG which he increased to 16.7 PPG the following season while keeping his APG relatively the same (5.6 APG compared to 5.4 APG). Nelson would never average more than 14.7 PPG across a season again and with the exception of the 2012-2013 season (he averaged 14.7 PPG and a career-high 7.4 APG) it's hard to argue Nelson being worthy of any other All-Star selections. You know what they say - one is better than none!
6 A.C. Green
There are two things that come to mind when A.C. Green's name is brought up in conversation amongst NBA fans; the first thing is something to be proud of and the second one is a tad more embarrassing yet still endearing. A.C. Green holds an NBA record that is highly unlikely to ever be broken and that is his consecutive games played streak which reached a whopping 1,192 games played in a row. The streak began on November 19th, 1986 while Green played for the Los Angeles Lakers and concluded on April 18th, 2001 (which was Green's last played game) as a member of the Miami Heat.
Now, the second thing. The embarrassing part is that ESPN Films: 30 for 30 profiled a story on Green titled "The Iron Virgin" which isn't exactly the embodiment of masculinity. The endearing part is Green is said to have never been swayed by teammates to sleep with groupies on the road despite teammates even bringing groupies to his room. Kudos, Mr. Green, kudos! Green was selected to the Western Conference All-Stars in 1990 and it's hard to see why. Green put up 12.9 PPG and 8.7 RPG which are far from All-Star caliber numbers.
5 B.J. Armstrong
When thinking of Chicago Bulls players who were selected as NBA All-Stars in the 1990s there are two names that come to everyone's mind instantaneously- Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Furthermore, the likes of Toni Kukoc and Dennis Rodman come up as well. Rodman was indeed named an NBA All-Star in the 1990s, it was in 1990 and 1992 while "The Worm" was a member of the "Bad Boys" Detroit Pistons. On the other hand, Kukoc never was elected as an NBA All-Star. But, do you know who was? B.J. Armstrong! Armstrong, who was a Point Guard averaged a derisory 3.9 APG in the 1993-1994 NBA season.
You'd think he was more than likely quite the prolific scorer and that's what propelled him to his All-Star selection. You'd be wrong.
Armstrong averaged a respectable 14.8 PPG which was his highest career average in the scoring department for the former Iowa product, it's a number that's far from worthy of an All-Star. To add fuel to the fire, in 1993-1994 Point Guards were known for being traditional Point Guards and dishing the ball to their teammates. But, when you see a 3.9 APG average as with Armstrong, it's hard to defend why he was an All-Star in the first place.
4 Dale Davis
Selected as an NBA All-Star in 2000, Dale Davis had racked up an All-Star selection in his ninth season which would not only be his first selection, but also his last selection. In the 1999-2000 season the then Indiana Pacer averaged 10.0 PPG and 9.9 RPG which screams serviceable big man numbers but a far cry from NBA All-Star numbers for a big man. Davis was a rather consistent big man throughout his NBA career which ended in 2006-2007 as a member of the Detroit Pistons as he finished his career with career averages of 8.0 PPG and 7.9 RPG. Davis never averaged more than 11.7 PPG and 10.9 RPG (both of which came in the 1993-1994 NBA season).
At the same time, the 1993-1994 NBA season was the only season in which Davis averaged a double-double over the course of the season. Despite being named an All-Star in 2000, the Indiana Pacers decided it was time to get younger and dealt Davis to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for young big man Jermaine O'Neal. While the decision at the time may have looked questionable as Indiana was coming off an NBA Finals run, the decision was the right one as O'Neal racked up numerous All-Star selections while playing for the Pacers.
3 Caron Butler
Alongside Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler formed one-third of the big three of the Washington Wizards big three in the mid and late 2000s. Known for his addiction to Mountain Dew, Butler was selected as an NBA All-Star on two occasions in back-to-back years in 2007 and 2008. Butler's numbers certainly warrant that he was worthy of being selected as an All-Star in not just 2007, but in 2008 as well, however, this is not to say that many remember that Butler was selected as an All-Star period.
Furthermore, Butler was viewed by the vast majority of NBA fans as the third option for the team playing its home games in the nation's capital behind Arenas and Jamison.
In the 2006-2007 NBA season, Butler put up a then career-high 19.1 PPG and 7.4 RPG which would be the highest career rebound average of his career. He was equally impressive in 2007-2008 season when he garnered All-Star selection number two with averages of 20.3 PPG and 6.7 APG. Surprisingly, he was just as consistent in 2008-2009, but was left off the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. In 2008-2009, Butler averaged a career-high 20.8 PPG to go alongside 6.2 RPG. Butler called it a career in 2015-2016 as a member of the Sacramento Kings with career averages of 14.1 PPG and 5.0 RPG.
2 Josh Howard
Selected with the final pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft at twenty-ninth overall by the Dallas Mavericks, Josh Howard showed promise out of the gate. In his Rookie season, Howard earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors as he put up 8.4 PPG and 5.0 RPG. Furthermore, had he not been a part of the stacked 2003 NBA Draft class which also included the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and David West, it is likely that Howard could've been an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection.
From his Rookie season up until the 2007-2008 season, Howard would gradually improve annually. Yet, despite the 2007-2008 season being his most successful statistically, it was the 2006-2007 season in which Howard was named an NBA All-Star- this was also the only time the former Wake Forest Demon Deacon was named an All-Star. In the 2006-2007 season, Howard put up an impressive 18.9 PPG and 6.8 RPG as he was arguably the Mavericks best player who didn't don the number forty-one (Dirk Nowitzki). Howard wrapped up his career in 2012-2013 season as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves with career averages of 14.3 PPG and 5.7 RPG.
1 Sam Cassell
Sam Cassell was once asked if there was anything that could get under his skin. A gentleman than boldly proceeded to ask Cassell how he felt about the fact that he's been compared to looking like the alien E.T. Somehow, someway, Cassell was able to keep his composure and not just seem unfazed, but continued to converse with the gentleman who asked the question for a short period thereafter. Cassell's NBA career got off to quite the start as he won back-to-back NBA Championships with the Houston Rockets in the 1993-1994 NBA season and the 1994-1995 campaign.
Despite this, Cassell wouldn't be named an NBA All-Star for close to a decade after. In 2004, Cassell, then a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves alongside Kevin "The Big Ticket" Garnett earned what would prove to be his first and only All-Star selection. Cassell, who was in his first season with the Wolves showed he was quite the acquisition as he averaged a career-high 19.8 PPG and added impressive assist numbers with 7.3 APG per contest. Cassell has been out of the league since the 2008-2009 NBA season and currently finds himself on the Los Angeles Clippers sideline as an Assistant Coach on Head Coach Doc Rivers staff.
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