Monta Ellis is having a great season with the Dallas Mavericks. He's an absolutely explosive player and a fan-favorite. Ellis leads the league in what nba.com calls clutch points (Clutch points is the category that shows how many points the player has in the last 5 minutes of the game and overtime). If you haven't seen Monta play, you have to watch a Mavericks game. He makes some crazy shots. In my opinion, he's the player that is most fun to watch in the NBA. So, he's the best player in clutch situations, and he's the most fun player to watch... And he isn't an all-star? But the fans, fan voting being as messed up as it is, voted Kobe Bryant to start, and the coaches voted for Tim Duncan to be a reserve... Tim Duncan. The old, crusty Tim Duncan who would probably benefit more from sitting out the game... over Monta Ellis. I just don't understand. I guess the coaches believe that the "Lifetime achievement award" is more important than how the players are playing this season.
Well, now that I've talked about why Monta should be an all-star, let's talk about why he's the biggest snub, the title of the article. There are only two others that you could make an argument for, in my opinion, Damian Lillard and Demarcus "Boogie" Cousins. Why Monta should be in over Lillard: First, Lillard is one of the best clutch players in the NBA, as he showed in the playoffs last year, hitting a game-winning 3 as time expired to make the trail blazers move on to the second round. BUT, as I said earlier, Monta is the best player in clutch time, so take that one away from Lillard. Second, Monta has a .459 field goal percentage, where-as Lillard only has a .428, making Monta more accurate. So, Monta over Lillard. There isn't much to compare between Monta and Boogie because they play two totally different positions, so I guess the only way to choose between them is to choose the one that is the most exciting to watch, since it is the all-star game. Monta definitely has my vote.
Yesterday, February 4th, John Rhadigan came to talk to me and my classmates and I asked him what he thought about the situation. He also believes that Monta should have made it, easily. With everything I've mentioned and the opinion of someone who's been in the sports business for 25 years, it seems like Monta must have been snubbed from the team.
-Blake McBride, MHS