Here’s the thing about the NBA All-Star Game: Letting the people vote is a great, democratic way to get fans involved, but it also turns the weekend into a popularity contest. Since nobody really plays defense and the game has no bearing on which conference gets home court advantage in the playoffs, in the end, it doesn’t really matter who makes the All-Star team. The NBA is about its big names and if the game doesn’t matter, the best players don’t take precedence over the big names.
But like the Grammys, Oscars, Emmys and every other flawed award show that rewards the “best of the best,” the winners of the NBA All-Star Game matter. Sure they get it wrong sometimes and of course we use those injustices as fuel to our apathetic fires. But as much as people complain or write these things off, they still watch and they still take the time to complain. Plenty of people cite the flawed system as the reason, but isn’t that kind of the point? Shouldn’t we care who goes down in NBA history as the best 12 players in each conference every year?
Even if that significance doesn’t appeal to you, or even if you’re jaded because there’s a history of undeserving players making the cut simply because they used to be superstars, there are plenty of people who are up in arms about the results every year. If the system is flawed, we should complain even louder when deserving players are left off the roster. So basically, we’re doing this either way. Without further ado: the five biggest snubs for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.