It is that time of year again where the stars of the NBA show off their talents in the league’s annual All-Star game.
This year’s event includes six different players who will partake in their first ever game. These players include John Wall, Paul Millsap, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, and Stephen Curry.
Last year for the Philadelphia 76ers, Jrue Holliday was selected to his first ever All-Star game where he scored six points in 15 minutes of action. For the 2013-2014season, the game will not feature anyone on the 76ers’ roster.
Now the question that remains is whether or not there were any Sixers players that were snubbed from this year’s big event. Every team in the NBA can make a case that certain players from there team were snubbed, but only the 12 best are selected.
If any of the Sixers were going to be selected to this year’s game, the only ones to be considered would be Thaddeus Young or Michael Carter Williams. Despite the team’s poor play through 54 games, these two have had good seasons so far.
Thaddeus Young is averaging 17.1 points per game this season while he grabs a little more than six rebounds a game. His field goal percentage is .480 and has found his shot from behind the three point line.
Michael Carter-Williams numbers are similar to Young’s as he too is averaging 17.1 points along with 6.5 assists per game. His rookie campaign so far has been a good one as he currently is the leading candidate for rookie of the year.
While these two have had good seasons up until this point, the NBA has made the right decision on who they selected to play in the game. Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams are good players, but are not all-stars.
By looking at the overall statistics of each of the reserves that were selected for the Eastern Conference, Young and Carter-Williams numbers were right along with them. However, there is a clear reason as to why these players were picked over any of the Sixers.
The team’s place in the standings was the clear deciding factor on who was selected to play in the game. Other than Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony who were voted in by the fans, every player selected was part of a team that is in playoff contention.
For the Sixers who sit at the bottom of the Atlantic Division at 15-39, having an all-star was not even an option. The NBA did a good job by rewarding the players who are a part of a winning team opposed to the ones who are not.
If there were any players who were true snubs, it would be Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors and Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers. Both of theme guys are having tremendous seasons and are part of division leading teams.
Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving are superstar players on bad teams. They are being rewarded for great talent instead of being winners, which is something the fans should consider when voting.
As for Young and Carter-Williams, they both have plenty of great attributes that should make them all-stars at some point in their careers. Neither of them should be discouraged on being left out of the game, and should continue on working to get themselves better.
If they keep building their game, they will become a part of better teams which will result in them being all-stars. Each year players are left off the list that should be selected, but the players picked are the ones who are contributing to winning basketball.
Young has been in the league for a while now and his hard work and improvement have been noticed. If he keeps up his good play over the next few years, he more than likely will be rewarded with an all-star selection.
The same goes for Carter-Williams. The world saw his talent in the Rising Stars Challenge as well as the skills competition, so it is likely only a matter of time before he gets selected.
For now, it is time for both of these players and the rest of the Sixers’ roster to sit back and relax. They need to sit home and take the time off to clear their heads.
It has been a tough season up to this point, and the break could not have come at a better time. With 28 games remaining, it will be interesting to see how Young and Carter-Williams continue to play and if they can lead the Sixers to a positive final two months.
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