Being selected as an NBA All Star isn't an easy achievement for any player. Some of the best players in the game can go their entire career with just a couple All Star selections, or even none. This is why All Star games are fascinating from an online sports betting perspective. Here, we will look at some of the best current NBA players who have yet to make an All Star appearance. Some of them still have some time to make an All Star appearance while for others, it may be too late.
5. Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris is a longtime NBA veteran who has been in the NBA since 2011. After his second season in the NBA he has never averaged under 14.6 points per game. While his overall career average is 16.2 points per game, he has never averaged a ton of points in a season. Harris was also on bad teams until 2018 before he got traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. It definitely helps players get selected to All Star games when they are putting up big stats on good teams. Arguably his best stint was with the Clippers in the 2019 season when he averaged 20.9 points and eight rebounds per game on a team that won 48 games.
Since 2019 he has been on the Philadelhpia 76ers where he has been the second or third best player consistently on really good teams including their team that won 51 games this year. This season was probably Harris' best chance to make an All Star game. Commonly the second best player on a team will get the All Star nod as Ben Simmons didn't play for them and James Harden didn't play for them until after the All Star game. Harris averaged 19.6 points and seven rebounds per game this season, but he was averaging even more points before the All Star break.
4. Lou Williams
‘Sweet Lou' Williams is an old veteran player who never made an NBA All Star game in his career. Williams is now one of the oldest players in the league at 35-years-old. He has been in the league since 2005 and has had some great years that apparently were not All Star worthy. Williams is a journeyman who has played on eight different NBA teams in his career. His most memorable run with a team was when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers from 2017-2021. During that stretch, Williams averaged 22.6 points in his first year with the team that won him sixth man of the year. His next season with the Clippers he averaged 20 points per game and won sixth man of the year again. Both of those years he averaged over five assists per game as well. Williams also won sixth man of the year in 2015 with the Raptors. Even averaging 22.6 points per game was not enough to get him an All Star selection. Kobe Bryant was the last sixth man to make the All Star game in 1998.
3. Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka has been in the NBA since 2009. For the most part, Ibaka has been on really good NBA teams. These include the Oklahoma City Thunder team that went to the NBA Finals and the Toronto Raptors team who won the NBA Championship in 2019. During his time with the Thunder, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Kevin Durant scored most of the points, but Ibaka was the defensive anchor. During the run of those really good Thunder teams, Ibaka was named to the All Defensive First team three times and led the league in blocks twice. His best statistical season he averaged just 15.1 points, but reeled in 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. If that wasn't his best chance to make an All Star team, it might have been the season after he won the championship with the Raptors where he averaged 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game. Now it looks like he won't ever make an All Star team as he hasn't averaged more than 23.3 minutes per game since the 2020 season.
2. De'Aaron Fox
De'Aaron Fox is only second on this list because he is still pretty young and still has a good chance to make an All Star team in his career. His last two seasons have both been some of the highest numbers ever for a player to not make an All Star team. In the 2021 season, Fox averaged 25.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. The problem for Fox is undoubtedly that the Sacramento Kings, the team he has been on his entire career, have never made the playoffs or had a winning record around the time of the All Star game since he has been there. Fox has been the best player on the Kings ever since he arrived to the league in 2018. Another problem with being a guard in the West is that there have been so many good guards to compete with for an All Star selection. You have Damian Lillard, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Luka Doncic, Chris Paul, Donovan Mitchell, and Devin Booker. Fox is a really good player, and if he can put up stats that he has been on a team that is at least top eight in the playoff picture before the All Star break, he could be on an All Star team sooner than later.
1. CJ McCollum
CJ McCollum has been in the NBA since 2013. He has had All-Star-worthy numbers as well basically his entire career. The team he was on every year until last season, the Portland Trail Blazers, was not bad either. McCollum has actually made the playoffs every single year he has been in the NBA. The problem is similar to one of Fox's, as the West is stacked with other top guard talent. Their difference is that McCollum has always been on winning teams. The Blazers were always a good team, but never great though. Also, Damian Lillard has overshadowed McCollum every season he has been in the league so far. In the 2021 NBA season McCollum averaged 23.1 points and 4.7 assists per game on a Blazers team that went 42-30 in a shortened NBA season. That was probably his best chance at making an All Star team. Now, with the Pelicans, he averaged 24.3 points and 5.8 assists per game but could be overshadowed by the return of Zion Williamson next season.
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