The 2014-15 NBA season has already given fans plenty of memorable moments and performances by the game’s biggest stars. The Western Conference is as deep as ever, with seven teams already up to 30 wins. In the East, Toronto and Washington have proven that last season wasn’t a fluke, the Hawks have become a title contender, and Chicago and Cleveland are beginning to play at a scary-high level.
Carrying these teams is an exciting combination of long-standing stars and young talent beginning to come into their own. It’s safe to say that the next few NBA seasons are going to be can’t miss television (or can’t miss live entertainment if you’re so fortunate to watch in person).
That’s what makes selecting the All-Star teams so tough. With only 24 spots for players to fill, there are bound to be a number of deserving candidates that don’t quite make the cut. There’s also some players voted in every year by fans merely because of the name on the back of their jersey, rather than their performance during the current season.
Here we have listed the 10 Biggest NBA All-Star Snubs for 2015. We won’t include DeMarcus Cousins, who has been chosen to be an injury replacement for Kobe Bryant. We also realize there are more players than just 10 who deserve to be considered All-Stars this year, sorry if we left off anybody who you felt deserved to be here!
10. Kevin Love
While 2014-15 certainly has not been Kevin Love’s best, he has still played well enough to be an All-Star in the East.
When news came that Love would be joining Kyrie Irving and LeBron James with the Cavs, Cleveland immediately became the favorite to win the East. K-Love has struggled at times to acclimate to his new teammates and atmosphere, averaging two assists per game less than he did last year.
Nevertheless, Love’s play has been vital to the Cavaliers recent surge. He has still averaged a double-double per game with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and his presence inside as well as around the arc has allowed better driving lanes for Irving and James. Here against the Hornets Love helped the Cavs to a 21-0 start, and eventually went for 21 points and 19 boards:
He is starting to understand his role now, putting up 20 shots some nights while less than 10 on others. His numbers overall are down, but that’s to be expected with so many talented guys around him. By our accounts, Kevin Love still deserves to be an All-Star.
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