I never get caught up into much of the All-Star hoopla because, quite frankly, the All-Star game is nothing more than a glorified pick-up game, but after seeing Tim Duncan get selected to his 13th straight ASG, I was a little upset. I’m a huge fan of Timmy D, and have been for years, but I believe there were better candidates to represent the West in the All-Star Game.
First off, let’s look at what Duncan has produced thus far this season: 13.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.96 bpg. Solid numbers yes, but the guy has averages across the board that register in as career lows. Now, I do believe a team that is 41-8, has the best record in the West & best record in the NBA, ought to have somebody representing their squad in the All-Star Game. And the Spurs, actually have 2 in Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Ginobili should be an All-Star. Duncan? Not so much. What should have happened last night when reserves were announced? Well, instead of Tim Duncan representing the West, how about the obvious choice: Kevin Love. This guy has tore up the league this year, averaging 21.4 ppg, 15.5 rpg (1st in league), 2.5 apg, and 0.4 bpg. Other than blocks, this guy is either right on Duncan’s heels, or cruising past him in the statistics category. If his team was not 11-37, perhaps, his name would have been called. In fact, there are some who claim he should have not only made the team, but he should be starting over Blake Griffin (consider me one of those people, actually). Just how dominant has Love been this year? Well, he’s the first guy in 28 years to record a 30-30 game (31 pts, 31 rebs). Also, he has 5 games of at least 20-20, 2 of those being 30-20 games, and as stated earlier, the other one being the 30-30 beastmode performance he had November 12 against the Knicks.
Love isn’t alone in the category of guys who should have made the team over Duncan. The other obvious choice is Zach Randolph. Z-Bo boasts averages of 20.0 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.4 bpg. Also, Randolph has something over Love: his team is actually winning ballgames. Sitting at 26-24, Randolph has his team positioned at making a run at their first postseason appearance in over 5 years. Looking at these 3 guys and comparing their numbers, how can you honestly tell me with a straight face that Tim Duncan deserves it over the other two candidates? It’s just not realistic. The Spurs got their All-Star in Manu Ginobili. What the league should have done was do either the T-Wolves or Grizzlies a favor and picked one of the 2 aforementioned (and more qualified) players ahead of Duncan.