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Monta Ellis Not Voted in as Reserve; But Was it a Snub?

As I said all along, three guards would get in for the West. Chris Paul and Brandon Roy were locks. They are perennial All-Stars on playoff-caliber teams. It would take a terrible year for either of them not to get in.
That left Monta Ellis fighting for one spot with the likes of Utah point guard Deron Williams, Denver point guard Chauncey Billups, and even San Antonio point guard Tony Parker.
Williams got the nod. Ellis did not. So, the last Warriors All-Star is still Latrell Sprewell in 1997.

Yahoo! Sports broke the story this morning, listing all the reserves from both conferences. Here they are:

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
G Steve Nash, Suns
G Kobe Bryant, Lakers
F Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets
F Tim Duncan, Spurs
C Amar’e Stoudemire, Suns

Reserves
G Chris Paul, Hornets
G Brandon Roy, Blazers
G Deron Williams, Jazz
F Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks
F Zach Randolph, Grizzlies
F Kevin Durant, Thunder
C Pau Gasol, Lakers

EASTERN CONFRENCE
Starters
G Allen Iverson, Sixers
G Dwyane Wade, Heat
F LeBron James, Cavaliers
F Kevin Garnett, Celtics
C Dwight Howard, Magic

Reserves
G Derrick Rose, Bulls
G Rajon Rondo, Celtics
G Joe Johnson, Hawks
F Paul Pierce, Celtics
F Chris Bosh, Raptors
F Gerald Wallace, Bobcats
C Al Horford, Hawks

So, for those keeping score, the teams with multiple All-Stars are:

Celtics (3), Lakers (2), Suns (2 – both starters) and Hawks (2)

I can’t find the argument that gets Ellis in over Williams. Williams had arguably been snubbed the last three years as the catalyst for a playoff regular in the Utah Jazz. But this year, everything fell into place for Williams. Parker and the Spurs are having an uncharacteristically average season. Billups is not as statistically dominant as he was before. The game is in Dallas, his hometown.

Don’t know how close the voting was or not, but I don’t think Ellis stood a chance.

In fact, Ellis doesn’t even top the list of notables who were left off. Yes, he averages 26 points, 5.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds. But his team is 13-31. Other players have a bigger gripe, such as:

Cleveland’s Mo Williams – He is the second-best player on the team with the best record in the NBA

Clippers’ Chris Kaman – He is, right now, the second-best center in the NBA behind Dwight Howard. He is averaging 20.2 points and 9.1 rebounds. But his Clippers are 20-25

Knicks’ David Lee – 19.4 points, 55.4 FG%, 11.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists. I know the Knicks are 18-26. Only Bosh and Dwight Howard have more double-doubles, among East players.

Atlanta’s Josh Smith – Well, maybe not so much. He’s clearly a major factor on both ends (15.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 1.5 steals). But the Hawks already have two players. And Jamal Crawford, Atlanta’s closer in the fourth quarter, is a bigger factor.

Marcus Thompson

  • Jeremy

    Ellis was not snubbed. He needs to step up his game even more if he wants to be an All-Star. That means Ws…

  • samuraaaaiiiiiii

    Yeah I agree Marcus. This was not a snub. The Warriors last All-Star should have been Baron Davis the year that Roy won ROY, when he was beating him in every statistical category including team wins. Now that was a snub.

  • robert rowell

    boom dizzle was snubbed, not ellis. no one on a team with a 13-31 (!!) record deserves to be an all star. ellis, for all his excellent play, is not making both the team and himself better. ellis, once an incredibly efficient scorer has become a volume shooter and a TO machine. IMO this is because he doesn’t have a big, dominant PG handling the ball, feeding him open looks and competently guarding the opposing squad’s bigger guard. his excessive mpg also factors into this. check his offensive #’s for his career. sure his totals are up, but his percentages aren’t.

  • Greg

    No snub. Will enjoy the rest I’m sure. How about candidate for most improved player. I don’t think anyone has ever won that twice.

  • JustPuked

    Latrell Sprewell was the last Warrior All-Star
    Baron Davis was the last Warrior to truly be snubbed
    Monta Ellis is just another good but not great player on a really bad team

    Is there a single team that would want to trade their current all-star for Monta Ellis straight up?* **

    * It’s a hypothetical question, so don’t hurt yourself trying to work trade checker.

    ** PLEASE, Allen Iverson doesn’t count, we know damn well he’s got no business being a starter, let alone even being on an all-star roster.

  • Swopa

    Although I definitely think Monta is having an All-Star caliber year, I agree that it’s no stub — it’s very difficult to make a case that he should have made it over Roy, Paul, or Williams. In fact, even if there’s an injury replacement, Billups (given his recent spurt) is just as defensible a choice as Monta.

    Every year, there are a few All-Star caliber players in either conference who don’t make it onto the team. Monta being picked probably depended more on Zach Randolph getting snubbed for past behavior more than anything else. It didn’t happen; oh, well, better luck next year.

  • MWLX

    Weak, Marcus. Being passed over is a ‘snub’ only to journalists who like nice short words for headlines. Never mind the actual meaning.

  • Optimus

    No Snub. Deron Williams was more deserving. He doesnt get the hype that Chris Paul gets, but he is just as good, IMO

  • Twinkie defense

    It’s no snub; the West is too guard-rich.

    Seems like Baron was snubbed, a couple years back.

    One day hopefully we will have true All Star-caliber players instead of hoping our mini-stars squeak in on a wing and a prayer.

  • Twinkie defense

    However I disagree that you have to be on a winning team in order to be an All Star… what, KG on the T-Wolves was less of an All Star then than he is now? Kobe during one of the Lakers’ down years? The Warriors record doesn’t help Monta’s case, but if he was giving Chris Paul-like results on the court no one should care if the Dubs have 13 wins.

  • Warriornab

    nope he didnt get snubbed no one on a 13-31 team deserves an all star…and whats up marcus shouldnt we be talking about Larry Ellison here instead of this? possibly the biggest news this team has had since WE BELIEVE!

  • A’s in 2010

    I still can’t get over Baron getting snubbed by BRoy two years ago. What’s funny is that at the time Portland was looking like a playoff team but they ended up .500 while GS won 48 games.

    Zach Randolph, the stat padding black hole an All-Star = Joke. Memphis, so they got off to a good start, it’s like nowadays if you do well the first 3 months you can be an All-Star. They may be a top 8 team right now but I’ll bet ANYONE Memphis doesn’t make the playoffs this year.

  • Mountain Jim

    Every sub named deserved the spot over Monta. Every one of them.

  • Joe

    I do not get how anyone says Monta was not snubbed! Look at his numbers? 26 ppg, 5.5 asst, 4 boards, and 2.5 steals? He is only the second player in league HISTORY not to get in while putting up 26 ppg and dishing out 5+assists. What does the guy have to do? put up 30 and 10? You can not punish a player on a bad team, Monta plays with a rookie, no true big man, and 3 D-league players, come on give the kid some credit.

  • dhod

    The only people scoring above monta are kobe, melo, lebron, durant and d wade. how are you mentioned with that group of guys and not make the all star team. Why is everyone hyped up on the record of the teams? the point of this game is to put the best of the best in, and that is truely monta. All the haters need to recognize how special he is.

  • WarriorD

    Not a snub in most people’s opinion…but hopefully Monta takes it as a personal snub and unleashes All-Star play the rest of the season on the coaches that didn’t vote him in.

  • Adam

    Ellis compares statistically to all those all star guards: Deron Williams, Brandon Roy, D-Wade.
    During the season, he outplayed the Eastern Conference all stars: Derrick Rose and Rondo. The NBA coaches are so biased in the West that they don’t have the insight to realize that if Ellis had Carlos Boozer or Pau Gasol on his team, he would put up the same numbers and be the same All-Star that he is now. If Danny Granger can make the all-star team last year on a losing team, why can’t a better Monta Ellis make it this year?

  • felcher

    No snub if the coaches were clearly not going to put any player from a losing team on. Same deal with D Rose in the East. I look on that list and cannot make the argument that Monta is having a better year than any sub in the West. Also, Billups should get the nod over him. Denver is the second best team in the West and yet they were lost without Chauncey.

    To play devil’s advocate, I am not sure I remember the last time a player from such a truly awful team.I mean three d-leaguers and Rad and George in the rotation, and your PG is a rookie – even though Curry is a top three rookie in the league, coached by a coach who just does not care? That is a terrible team. To be one of only four players in the history of the league to average 25+ P, 5+ assists and 2+ steals is not just having a “good”year. Still, MOnta is getting a rep as a volume shooter. No fault of his, as Maggette (and Curry a little) are the only players other than him who can even score on this terrible terrible team. When three guys are guarding you every time you dribble the basketball, it is a little hard to be as efficient, and the fact that he is shooting 45% under those conditions is amazing.

    Bottom line, coaches decided no players from losing teams, and using that yardstick, MOnta did not get screwed.’

    Baron Davis did.

  • Walter

    With Chris Paul injured, hopefully now monta will actually make it, but knowing the league and David stern thy will probably take Chauncey billups and his good guy reputation.

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  • Alberto

    Monta in a better team is an all star player. He has to become a better finisher next year and he will be in.

  • brent

    Not sure when this turned into the Heisman Trophy race or MLB’s MVP with the team’s record automatically eliminating candidates.

    Monta has no competent scorer in the post to draw attention away nor a true point setting him up for easy hoops. He lost the second best player on the team to trade for nothing in return and they have suited up 8 players more than any team in league.

    Averaging 27 points, 4 boards, 2 steals, and 5 assists shooting almost 47% and leading this group to over a dozen wins warrants a spot as a reserve or at least the first replacement.

    If Monta had Nene, Carmelo, and Kenyon running up the floor with him every game that would only increase his field goal % along with his assist total.

    Billips is not even averaging 20 points with only 6 assists a game. The guy is barely logging over 30 minutes a game and is shooting 42% from the field.

    Not being chosen as a reserve cannot be qualified as a snub and I imagine the lack of respect for Nelson amongst the coaching community didn’t help Monta’s chances.

    Having Billips named as the first reserve or saying Chris freaking Kaham, Josh Smith, David Lee, or MO Williams have a bigger gripe is a slap in the face.