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The Other All-Stars

Here are the All-Stars from 2000-2015 who everyone might not remember or who might not seem as impressive as their All-Star teammates.

The Other All-Stars


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NBA All-Star games are mostly a joke at this point. The idea these games would be the top talent from each conference facing off in an ultimate test of wills is downright laughable. The game is mediocre TV and not much else.

The selection to an All-Star game is still consecrated ground when discussing an player’s legacy though. Choosing to not play defense against LeBron on five Sunday nights in February over your career isn’t a detraction, it helps a Hall of Fame case!

Now not every All-Star makes the Hall of Fame, but they have a special place in NBA history. These are the players who shine in the all-important “Bar Argument.”

“How many All-Star games did Player X play in?”

“Who was the last guy selected in the 2014 All-Star game?”

What will happen here is a celebration of these players. This is not meant to insult a player who made only one All-Star game. They might not have been Kobe, but they were better than their neighbor (on both sides!).

This is meant to educate and provide answers for the next bar argument a reader enters into where they can say, “Yes, I do know who replaced Grant Hill in the 2001 All-Star game.”

Without further ado, here are the All-Stars from 2000-2015 who everyone might not remember or who might not seem as impressive as their All-Star teammates.

2000

  • Dale Davis: Indiana Pacers
  • Career: 16 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 14 minutes / 4 points / 8 rebounds / 1 assist

This is the prototype example were Davis had a fine career but was never thought to be one of the best players in the league. This is his lone All-Star appearance and the Pacers made the Finals this year as well.

2001

  • Anthony Mason: Miami Heat
  • Career: 13 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 20 min / 0 points / 4 rebounds / 1 assist
  • Antonio Davis: Toronto Raptors
  • Career: 13 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 20 min / 8 points / 9 rebounds / 0 assists

Mason was selected to the AS game when Alonzo Mourning and Grant Hill both had to bow out due to injury (this will be a recurring theme). Because Mourning was his teammate, Mason actually started this game for the East.

Mason only played two more seasons after this and will probably be remembered more for trying to “legally” murder Michael Jordan in a game when he was on the Knicks.

This is Davis’ only All-Star appearance and it’s important to confirm he and Dale are not related.

2002

  • Wally Szczerbiak: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Career: 12 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 12 min / 10 points / 3 rebounds / 3 assists

Szczerbiak’s next big moment after this game is being traded for Ray Allen in 2007, which paved the way for the Celtics to acquire Kevin Garnett, who Szczerbiak allegedly got into a fight with in practice on the Timberwolves. Circle of life!

2003

  • Brad Miller: Indiana Pacers
  • Career: 14 seasons, 2 All-Star appearances
  • AS Game Performance: 17 min / 5 points / 6 rebounds / 3 assists

This is nice for Miller, but my first thought about his career will always be how Shaq would have likely killed him if he connected here:

Also, this was Michael Jordan’s last All-Star Game and Isiah Thomas was his coach. People don’t talk about that enough.

2004

  • Jamaal Magloire: Charlotte Hornets
  • Career: 12 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 22 min / 19 points / 8 rebounds / 0 assists

Have a game, Jamaal! Magloire was the leading scorer for the East and had the second most rebounds behind Jermaine O’Neal. This is how you play in your only All-Star game.

2005

  • Zyrdrunas Ilgauskas: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Career: 13 seasons, 2 All-Star appearances
  • AS Game Performance: 17 min / 12 points / 7 rebounds / 1 assist

A very solid stat line for Big Z, who also was the only player to go with LeBron from Cleveland to Miami in the summer of 2010.

2006

  • Elton Brand: Los Angeles Clippers
  • Career: 17 seasons, 2 All-Star appearances
  • AS Game Performance: 17 min / 12 points / 7 rebounds / 0 assists

This one is a bit of a stretch because Brand was a good NBA player for many seasons. However, at the same time only two All-Star appearances for a #1 overall pick is disappointing and if someone told you, “Did you know Elton Brand never made an All-Star team?” you would likely believe it. So he’s the selection here.

2007

  • Mehmet Okur: Utah Jazz
  • Career: 10 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 15 min / 4 points / 2 rebounds / 1 assist
  • Josh Howard: Dallas Mavericks
  • Career: 10 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 20 min / 3 points / 4 rebounds / 3 assists

Both these players were injury replacements as the West lost Yao Ming, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash and Carlos Boozer.

Okur would be a fantastic stretch big in today’s game as he was 38% from 3 for his career on 2.5 attempts per game.

This was unquestionably the peak of Howard’s career as he missed 30 games two seasons later and then became a bench player.

2008

  • Antawn Jamison: Washington Wizards
  • Career: 16 seasons, 2 All-Star appearances
  • AS Game Performance: 12 min/ 2 points / 1 rebound / 0 assists

Jamison scored 20k points in his career which will likely get him into the Hall of Fame.

Still, in both of his All-Star appearances he played the least minutes in the game and that has to mean something.

2009

  • Mo Williams: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Career: 13 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 17 min / 12 points / 2 rebounds / 5 assists
  • Devin Harris: New Jersey Nets
  • Career: 15 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 17 min / 6 points / 1 rebound / 0 assists

Williams replaced an injured Chris Bosh and probably should have gotten LeBron a nice gift when Williams was selected to the game.

The most surprising thing about Harris’ selection is he played for the Mavericks three separate times, but made his lone All-Star game as a Net.

2010

  • Chris Kaman: Los Angeles Clippers
  • Career: 13 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 11 min / 4 points / 3 rebounds / 1 assist

Shockingly, Kaman doesn’t not play the least amount of minutes in this game. That honor goes to Jason Kidd with this being his last All-Star game (6 minutes!).

2011

  • NOT APPLICABLE

The rosters in this game were insane.

The average number of All-Star appearances among the 24 players was over nine!

Only Manu Ginobili (2x) and Derrick Rose (3x, injury-related) made fewer than four All-Star teams.

Kobe was the MVP with 37 points and FOURTEEN rebounds!!

2012

  • Andrew Bynum: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Career: 8 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 6 min / 0 points / 3 rebounds / 1 assist

The best Andrew Bynum story is covered here but this has got to be one of the most uninspiring All-Star game performances ever. Also as a FYI, Bynum STARTED this game.

2013

  • Brook Lopez: New Jersey Nets
  • Career: 12 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 11 min / 3 points / 5 rebounds / 3 assists
  • Tyson Chandler: New York Knicks
  • Career: 19 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 17 min / 7 points / 8 rebounds / 0 assists

These two are basically polar opposites in terms of their big man skill set. Chandler never averaged 12 points per game and Lopez never averaged 9 rebounds per game.

2014

  • Roy Hibbert: Indiana Pacers
  • Career: 9 seasons, 2 All-Star appearances
  • AS Game Performance: 12 min / 8 points / 5 rebounds / 2 assists

This was pretty much the end of line for Hibbert who later that year became the 2nd All-Star to go scoreless in consecutive playoff games. Also, while his drop-off seemed abrupt he never averaged 9 rebounds per game.

Great cameos on “Parks and Recreation” though.

2015

  • Kyle Korver: Atlanta Hawks
  • Career: 17 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 16 min / 21 points / 1 rebound / 2 assists
  • Jeff Teague: Atlanta Hawks
  • Career: 11 seasons, 1 All-Star appearance
  • AS Game Performance: 13 min / 14 points / 1 rebound / 2 assists

The Atlanta Hawks were 43-11 at the All-Star Break and their success afforded them four All-Stars (Paul Millsap & Al Horford were the others).

Korver was the fourth oldest first-time All-Star and was the second highest scorer on the East in the game.

Two seasons later Teague signed a free agent deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. This was almost immediately followed by rumors of the T’Wolves players wanting to recruit Kyrie Irving to the team (who plays the same position as Teague).

At least one person on Twitter noticed this was not ideal for Teague:

So there you have it. You now have enough useless NBA All-Star Trivia that should help you win a bet for a beer the next time you’re in a bar.

But when you’re there, please wear a mask.

Terry is from Massachusetts and is a passionate fan of the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins. He also will admit he only pays attention to Syracuse basketball when they're good. If there's a Twitter trade rumor even remotely associated with one of his teams, he's likely fallen for it. Finally, he believes 100% that if the Celtics had beaten the Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals they would have swept the Thunder in the Finals.

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