Posted 02/12/2015 at 11:40 AM
DeAndre Jordan might be the defensive player in the league. He's also on pace to finish with the highest single-season shooting percentage in league history making better than 72 percent of his field goals. He's on a record 39 straight games of making at least 50 percent of his shots.
Jordan also is No. 1 in the NBA in rebounding at 13.8 per game and second in blocks at 2.3 per contest.
Yet Jordan won't be in Sunday's All-Star Game. Kyle Korver will. But not Jordan.
Even realizing how hard up the East is for stars when Korver gets chosen, it's no excuse for Jordan to be passed over especially when a spot on the West squad opened when Anthony Davis said he wouldn't play.
Instead of Jordan, the person picked to fill Davis' spot was 36-year-old Dirk Nowitzki. Talk about an obligatory legacy pick. Doc Rivers had it right when he called Jordan's snub a travesty.
Nowitzki clearly is in the twilight of a Hall of Fame career. He isn't even the best player on Dallas anymore. That honor goes to Monta Ellis, another All-Star Game snub. Nowitzki plays less than 30 minutes a game these days, averages fewer than six rebounds per game and no longer blocks many shots.
Unlike the bogus NFL Pro Bowl, the NBA All-Star Game still means something. People actually care about this game. It's a real black mark on the league not having Jordan.