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The Best to Never Be an All-Star

Plus: Every NBA All-Star Ever!

by Tomislav Pakrac

For certain active players yet to play in an All-Star Game, there is always a chance they’ll be selected in upcoming seasons (players like David Lee, Josh Smith, Chris Kaman, Andre Iguodala, Monta Ellis, Al Jefferson…). This is a story, however, about players who were unjustly left out for the duration of their career, and will never have the opportunity to play because they have long since retired.

We cannot rewrite history, but we can retroactively honor those players who deserved to be part of the spectacle that is the All-Star Game. Here’s my all-time list of the best retired plaDrazen Petrovicyers who never made an All-Star game appearance: Drazen Petrovic, Eddie Johnson (not to be confused with a player of the same name who was a two time All-Star for the Atlanta Hawks in the beginning of ’80s), Derek Harper, Byron Scott, Rod Strickland, Ron Harper, Cedric Maxwell, Purvis Short, Phil Ford, Orlando Woolridge, Sam Perkins, Toni Kukoc. Regarding active players most egregiously snubbed by All-Star selection throughout their professional careers, four names stand out to me: Marcus Camby, Andre Miller, Mike Bibby and Lamar Odom.

In considering all the aforementioned players, I have to mention first my countryman, the late Drazen Petrovic, who left us too soon at the age of 28. Drazen was particularly deserving of playing in the 1993 All-Star game, hosted in Salt Lake City. He was at the peak of his powers that season, averaging 23.4 ppg while also shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 49.6 percent from the three-point line (best in the League) at the time the All-Star reserves were announced. Petrovic was the only player not to be selected to the All-Star game amongst the NBA’s top 15 scorers in 1993. Why? Some strange circumstances conspired together. Firstly, though there are usually at least five guards on each team, in 1993, besides the two guards elected by the fans — Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas – the NBA coaches picked only two backups, namely Detroit’s Joe Dumars and Cleveland’s Mark Price. If the normal five guards had been picked, Petrovic likely would have made the team.

“I really thought I deserved to be on, the same way Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson had a good shot. I think a team like Cleveland, they have three guys on the team and New Jersey doesn’t have any, that is not correct,” said Petrovic to the New York Times. Later in the interview, when asked if New Jersey’s history of futility worked against the team’s candidates for the All-Star game, Petrovic said, “I think so. We’ve been losing for six years and people say, ‘Aww, who is that? The New Jersey Nets?’ Politics was a big key because Cleveland, we beat them twice this year. But that’s life.”

I continue to be perplexed that Cleveland — a team they had twice beaten at that point — ended up with three players on the All-Star team that year. At the moment when All-Star reserves were announced, Cleveland had 25 wins and 18 losses while the Nets’ record stood at 25 wins and 19 losses. Almost identical records, yet the Cavs had three players in the All-Star Game (Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and Larry Nance) and the Nets zero. That makes absolutely no sense. Sadly, 1993 would be Drazen’s last year in the NBA, just as he was maturing into a dynamic scorer. Indeed, at season’s end, Petrovic was recognized with 3rd Team All-NBA honors. Sadly, however, on June 7 1993 he was tragically killed in a car accident. He had just completed his fourth season in the NBA.

“I never in my life saw anyone who wanted to succeed in the NBA more than Drazen,” said current Celtics GM Danny Ainge, who was a teammate of Petrovic’s with the Portland Trail Blazers. That’s why Drazen’s omission from the 1993 All-Star was truly so difficult to take, because of all the hard work he had put in.

Beyond Nowitzki’s consistent position amongst the Western Conference’s All-Stars, it has remained difficult for Europeans striving for All-Star recognition. Vlade Divac played only one All-Star Game, fortunately chosen as a late sub by commissioner David Stern when Shaquille O’Neal backed out due to injury in 2001. Other European greats weren’t so lucky, particularly Arvydas Sabonis and Toni Kukoc, two of the best players in European basketball history. Unfortunately, age and injuries limited Lithuanian basketball icon Arvydas Sabonis once he joined the Portland Trail Blazers in ’95-96. If the NBA had been privileged enough to see the real Sabonis before the injuries, he would have made several All-Star appearances. Even with the knee injuries that sapped Sabonis of his bounce and mobility, he still had a solid NBA career. We can only imagine how his career would have diverged had Soviet authorities allowed him to play in the NBA before 1989 (and had he not opted to play in Spain for six seasons prior to joining the Blazers). Nevertheless, his legacy is on strong footing at home, where any Lithuanian basketball fan will say Sabonis is the best in their nation’s history despite Zydrunas Ilgauskas having two All-Star game appearances.

Toni Kukoc is another European very deserving of making at least one All-Star Game. Despite the Bulls incredible success in 1996, only Jordan and Pippen represented the team in the All-Star game. In comparison, the 2010 Celtics will have three players in Dallas this week, including Kevin Garnett, whose play this season clearly does not merit his place on the team. In fact, there have even been times when certain teams even had four All-Stars in the same year, including ’52-53 Boston Celtics (Don Barksdale, Ed Macauley, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman), ’61-62 L.A. Lakers (Elgin Baylor, Frank Selvy, Jerry West, Rudy LaRusso), ’61-62 Boston Celtics (Tom Heinsohn, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Sam Jones), ’74-75 Boston Celtics (John Havlicek, Dave Cowens, Jo Jo White, Paul Silas), ’82-83 Philadelphia 76ers (Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney), ’97-98 L.A. Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Eddie Jones, Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Van Exel), and ’05-06 Detroit Pistons (Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace).

Hell, even the Bulls had three All-Stars in 1994, while Jordan was off chasing fly balls (Pippen, Horace Grant, BJ Armstrong). BKC Jonesut when 1996 came around, despite the Bulls becoming the only team in NBA history to win over 70 games (72-10), only Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen played in the All-Star Game. Where’s Dennis Rodman and possibly Toni Kukoc? Though perhaps Kukoc was not quite up to All-Star standards in ’96, he definitely was during Pippen’s injury plagued ’98 season.

On the other end of the spectrum, I have to say Boston Celtics point guard KC Jones, who never made the All-Star team, certainly didn’t deserve his Hall of Fame selection. Jones won eight championships with the Celtics and he was a fantastic defender and leader. That said, if he never made an All-Star team, he didn’t deserve to be elected in the Hall of Fame. Furthermore, why should he be an All-Star if his career average is meager 7.4 points per game and 4.3 assists? His best season was ’65-66 when he averaged 8.6 points and 6.3 assists, and that was while playing in an era when the Celtics were averaging over 110 points a game, often even 120 points. Sorry, KC: no All-Star Game, no Hall of Fame.

Every year it seems the same old story repeats itself. There is always a worthy player who deserves to play but is not voted in by the fans or selected by the coaches. This year that is the case with Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, David Lee of the New York Knicks and Chris Kaman of the Los Angeles Clippers. In today’s NBA, with 30 teams playing, there is simply more players deserving of an All-Star selection then there are places on the team. There will always be players with All-Star stats who don’t make the cut. Unfortunately, that’s become the norm in the NBA and no one pays attention to it.

COMPLETE ALL-STAR PLAYERS’ LIST BY TEAMS

Annotation: All-Star appearances from 1951 until 2010.
Bold: Still playing for team
CAPITALIZED: Active player

1. BOSTON CELTICS 131 (125)
24 All-Stars in 64 years of the club’s existence
13 Bob Cousy (1951-1963)
John Havlicek (1966-1978)
12 Bill Russell (1958-1969)
(10) Larry Bird (1980-1988, 1990, 1991, 1992; DNP 1991, 1992)
9 Robert Parish (1981-1987, 1990, 1991)
8 Bill Sharman (1953-1960)
PAUL PIERCE (2002-2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
7 Jo Jo White (1971-1977)
(6) Dave Cowens (1972-1978; DNP 1977)
Kevin McHale (1984, 1986-1991)
6 Ed Macauley (1951-1956)
(5) Tom Heinsohn (1957, 1961-1965; DNP 1965)
5 Sam Jones (1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968)
3 Nate Archibald (1980, 1981, 1982)
Antoine Walker (1998, 2002, 2003)
(2) KEVIN GARNETT (2008, 2009, 2010; DNP 2008)
RAY ALLEN (2008, 2009)
1 Don Barksdale (1953)
Bailey Howell (1967)
Paul Silas (1975)
Dennis Johnson (1985)
Danny Ainge (1988)
Reggie Lewis (1992)
RAJON RONDO (2010)

2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS 127 (119)
28 All-Stars in 62 years of the club’s existence
14 (12) Jerry West (1961-1974; DNP 1969, 1974)
13 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1976, 1977, 1979-1989)
12 (11) Magic Johnson (1980, 1982-1992; DNP 1989)
KOBE BRYANT (1998, 2000-2010)
11 Elgin Baylor (1959-1965, 1967-1970)
7 James Worthy (1986-1992)
(4) SHAQUILLE O’NEAL (1997, 1998, 2000-2004; DNP 1997, 2001, 2002)
6 Vern Mikkelsen (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957)
4 George Mikan (1951-1954)
Jim Pollard (1951, 1952, 1954, 1955)
Slater Martin (1953-1956)
Dick Garmaker (1957-1960)
Wilt Chamberlain (1969, 1971, 1972, 1973)
Gail Goodrich (1972-1975)
3 (2) Rudy LaRusso (1962, 1963, 1966; DNP 1962)
2 Larry Foust (1958, 1959)
Rod Hundley (1960, 1961)
Jamaal Wilkes (1981, 1983)
Eddie Jones (1997, 1998)
PAU GASOL (2009, 2010)
1 Clyde Lovellette (1956)
Frank Selvy (1962)
Darrall Imhoff (1967)
Archie Clark (1968)
Norm Nixon (1982)
A.C. Green (1990)
(0) Cedric Ceballos (1995 – DNP)
Nick Van Exel (1998)

3. DETROIT PISTONS 101 (99)
31 All-Stars in 62 years of the club’s existence
12 (11) Isiah Thomas (1982-1993; DNP 1991)
7 Bob Lanier (1972-1975, 1977, 1978, 1979)
6 (5) Larry Foust (1951-1956; DNP 1952)
Dave Bing (1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975)
Joe Dumars (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997)
5 George Yardley (1955.-1959.)
Gene Shue (1958.-1962.)
GRANT HILL (1995.-1998., 2000.)
4 Bailey Howell (1961.-1964.)
Bill Laimbeer (1983., 1984., 1985., 1987.)
BEN WALLACE (2003.-2006.)
3 Andy Phillip (1953., 1954., 1955.)
Dave DeBusschere (1966., 1967., 1968.)
CHAUNCEY BILLUPS (2006., 2007., 2008.)
RICHARD HAMILTON (2006., 2007., 2008.)
2 Mel Hutchins (1956., 1957.)
Dick McGuire (1958., 1959.)
Walter Dukes (1960., 1961.)
Don Ohl (1963., 1964.)
Jimmy Walker (1970., 1972.)
Kelly Tripucka (1982., 1984.)
Dennis Rodman (1990., 1992.)
JERRY STACKHOUSE (2000., 2001.)
RASHEED WALLACE (2006., 2008.)
1 Fred Schaus (1951.)
Frank Brian (1952.)
Chuck Noble (1960.)
Terry Dischinger (1965.)
Eddie Miles (1966.)
Curtis Rowe (1976.)
ALLEN IVERSON (2009.)

4. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 98 (93)
28 All-Stars in 61 years of the club’s existence
12 (11) Dolph Schayes (1951.-1962.; DNP 1952.)
11 Julius Erving (1977.-1987.)
10 Hal Greer (1961.-1970.)
8 ALLEN IVERSON (2000.-2006., 2010.)
6 (5) Larry Costello (1958.-1962., 1965.; DNP 1962.)
Charles Barkley (1987.-1992.)
4 Billy Cunningham (1969., 1970., 1971., 1972.)
(3) Doug Collins (1976., 1977., 1978., 1979.; DNP 1979.)
Maurice Cheeks (1983., 1986., 1987., 1988.)
(3) Moses Malone (1983., 1984., 1985., 1986.; DNP 1984.)
3 Paul Seymour (1953., 1954., 1955.)
Red Kerr (1956., 1959., 1963.)
Chet Walker (1964., 1966., 1967.)
Wilt Chamberlain (1966., 1967., 1968.)
2 George McGinnis (1976., 1977.)
Bobby Jones (1981., 1982.)
Andrew Toney (1983., 1984.)
1 Red Rocha (1952.)
Billy Gabor (1953.)
George Yardley (1960.)
Lee Shaffer (1963.)
Luke Jackson (1965.)
John Block (1973.)
Steve Mix (1975.)
Hersey Hawkins (1991.)
Dana Barros (1995.)
(0) THEO RATLIFF (2001. – DNP)
Dikembe Mutombo (2002.)

5. NEW YORK KNICKS 86 (83)
28 All-Stars in 64 years of the club’s existence
11 (9) Patrick Ewing (1986., 1988.-1997.; DNP 1986., 1997.)
7 Harry Gallatin (1951.-1957.)
Willis Reed (1965.-1971.)
Walt Frazier (1970.-1976.)
6 Richie Guerin (1958.-1963.)
5 Dick McGuire (1951., 1952., 1954., 1955., 1956.)
(4) Carl Braun (1953.-1957.; DNP 1956.)
Dave DeBusschere (1970.-1974.)
4 Willie Naulls (1958., 1960., 1961., 1962.)
3 Johnny Green (1962., 1963., 1965.)
Michael Ray Richardson (1980., 1981., 1982.)
2 Ken Sears (1958., 1959.)
Tom Gola (1963., 1964.)
Earl Monroe (1975., 1977.)
Bob McAdoo (1977., 1978.)
Bernard King (1984., 1985.)
Allan Houston (2000., 2001.)
1 Vince Boryla (1951.)
Max Zaslofsky (1952.)
Nat Clifton (1957.)
Len Chappell (1964.)
Dick Barnett (1968.)
Bill Bradley (1973.)
Bill Cartwright (1980.)
Mark Jackson (1989.)
Charles Oakley (1994.)
John Starks (1994.)
Latrell Sprewell (2001.)

6. ATLANTA HAWKS 82 (78)
31 All-Stars in 61 years of the club’s existence
11 Bob Pettit (1955.-1965.)
9 (8) Dominique Wilkins (1986.-1994.; DNP 1992.)
6 Lou Hudson (1969.-1974.)
5 (4) Cliff Hagan (1958.-1962.; DNP 1958.)
Lenny Wilkens (1963., 1964., 1965., 1967., 1968.)
4 Dikembe Mutombo (1997., 1998., 2000., 2001.)
JOE JOHNSON (2007., 2008., 2009., 2010.)
3 Slater Martin (1957., 1958., 1959.)
Bill Bridges (1967., 1968., 1970.)
(1) Dan Roundfield (1980., 1981., 1982.; DNP 1981., 1982.)
2 Dike Eddleman (1951., 1952.)
Mel Hutchins (1953., 1954.)
Clyde Lovellette (1960., 1961.)
Zelmo Beaty (1966., 1968.)
Joe Caldwell (1969., 1970.)
John Drew (1976., 1980.)
Pete Maravich (1973., 1974.)
Eddie Johnson (1980., 1981.)
1 Frank Brian (1951.)
Don Sunderlage (1954.)
Frank Selvy (1955.)
Bob Harrison (1956.)
Ed Macauley (1957.)
Doc Rivers (1988.)
Moses Malone (1989.)
Kevin Willis (1992.)
Mookie Blaylock (1994.)
Christian Laettner (1997.)
Steve Smith (1998.)
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (2002.)
AL HORFORD (2010.)

7. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 77 (71)
26 All-Stars in 64 years of the club’s existence
10 (9) Paul Arizin (1951., 1952., 1955.-1962.; DNP 1960.)
8 (7) Rick Barry (1966., 1967., 1973.-1978.; DNP 1973.)
7 (5) Nate Thurmond (1965.-1968., 1970., 1973., 1974.; DNP 1968., 1970.)
6 Neil Johnston (1953.-1958.)
Wilt Chamberlain (1960.-1965.)
5 (4) Chris Mullin (1989.-1993.; DNP 1993.)
3 Guy Rodgers (1963., 1964., 1966.)
(2) Tom Gola (1960., 1961., 1962.; DNP 1962.)
Jeff Mullins (1969., 1970., 1971.)
Tim Hardaway (1991., 1992., 1993.)
Latrell Sprewell (1994., 1995., 1997.)
2 Joe Fulks (1951., 1952.)
Andy Phillip (1951., 1952.)
Jack George (1956., 1957.)
Rudy LaRusso (1968., 1969.)
Phil Smith (1976., 1977.)
1 Woody Sauldsberry (1959.)
Tom Meschery (1963.)
Jim King (1968.)
Clyde Lee (1968.)
Jerry Lucas (1971.)
Cazzie Russell (1972.)
Jamaal Wilkes (1976.)
Bernard King (1982.)
Joe Barry Carroll (1987.)
Sleepy Floyd (1987.)

8. SACRAMENTO KINGS 73 (69)
22 All-Stars in 62 years of the club’s existence
10 Oscar Robertson (1961.-1970.)
6 Jack Twyman (1957.-1960., 1962., 1963.)
Jerry Lucas (1964.-1969.)
(5) Mitch Richmond (1993.-1998.; DNP 1993.)
5 Bobby Wanzer (1952.-1956.)
(4) Wayne Embry (1961.-1965.; DNP 1963.)
4 Bob Davies (1951.-1954.)
(3) Arnie Risen (1952.-1955.; DNP 1955.)
(3) Chris Webber (2000.-2003.; DNP 2003.)
3 Maurice Stokes (1956., 1957., 1958.)
Tom Van Arsdale (1970., 1971., 1972.)
Nate Archibald (1973., 1975., 1976.)
Otis Birdsong (1979., 1980., 1981.)
PEJA STOJAKOVIC (2002., 2003., 2004.)
1 Jack Coleman (1955.)
Richie Regan (1957.)
Adrian Smith (1966.)
Johnny Green (1971.)
Sam Lacey (1975.)
Scott Wedman (1976.)
Vlade Divac (2001.)
BRAD MILLER (2004.)

9. PHOENIX SUNS 61 (59)
23 All-Stars in 42 years of the club’s existence
6 Walter Davis (1978., 1979., 1980., 1981., 1984., 1987.)
5 (4) STEVE NASH (2005.-2008., 2010.; DNP 2007.)
AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE (2005., 2007., 2008., 2009., 2010.)
4 Connie Hawkins (1970.-1973.)
Paul Westphal (1977.-1980.)
(3) Charles Barkley (1993., 1994., 1995., 1996.; DNP 1994.)
SHAWN MARION (2003., 2005., 2006., 2007.)
3 Dick Van Arsdale (1969., 1970., 1971.)
Charlie Scott (1973., 1974., 1975.)
Tom Chambers (1989., 1990., 1991.)
Kevin Johnson (1990., 1991., 1994.)
Dan Majerle (1992., 1993., 1995.)
JASON KIDD (1998., 2000., 2001.)
2 Dennis Johnson (1981., 1982.)
1 Gail Goodrich (1969.)
Paul Silas (1972.)
Alvan Adams (1976.)
Truck Robinson (1981.)
Maurice Lucas (1983.)
Larry Nance (1985.)
Jeff Hornacek (1992.)
Stephon Marbury (2003.)
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL (2009.)

10. WASHINGTON WIZARDS 55 (54)
24 All-Stars in 49 years of the club’s existence
8 Elvin Hayes (1973.-1980.)
5 Gus Johnson (1965., 1968., 1969., 1970., 1971.)
Wes Unseld (1969., 1971., 1972., 1973., 1975.)
4 Walt Bellamy (1962., 1963., 1964., 1965.)
3 Don Ohl (1965., 1966., 1967.)
Phil Chenier (1974., 1975., 1977.)
GILBERT ARENAS (2005., 2006., 2007.)
2 Terry Dischinger (1963., 1964.)
Earl Monroe (1969., 1971.)
Jeff Malone (1986., 1987.)
Moses Malone (1987., 1988.)
Michael Jordan (2002., 2003.)
ANTAWN JAMISON (2005., 2008.)
(1) CARON BUTLER (2007., 2008.; DNP 2008.)
1 Bailey Howell (1966.)
Archie Clark (1972.)
Jack Marin (1972.)
Dave Bing (1976.)
Bob Dandridge (1979.)
Jeff Ruland (1984.)
Bernard King (1991.)
Michael Adams (1992.)
JUWAN HOWARD (1996.)
Chris Webber (1997.)

11. HOUSTON ROCKETS 51 (47)
14 All-Stars in 43 years of the club’s existence
12 Hakeem Olajuwon (1985.-1990., 1992.-1997.)
7 (6) YAO MING (2003.-2009.; DNP 2007.)
5 Rudy Tomjanovich (1974.-1977., 1979.)
Moses Malone (1978.-1982.)
4 Elvin Hayes (1969.-1972.)
(3) Ralph Sampson (1984.-1987.; DNP 1987.)
3 Steve Francis (2002., 2003., 2004.)
TRACY McGRADY (2005., 2006., 2007.)
2 Don Kojis (1968., 1969.)
(1) Clyde Drexler (1996., 1997.; DNP 1997.)
1 Jack Marin (1973.)
Calvin Murphy (1979.)
Otis Thorpe (1992.)
(0) Charles Barkley (1997. – DNP)

12. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 50
21 All-Stars in 43 years of the club’s existence
9 Gary Payton (1994.-1998., 2000.-2003.)
7 Jack Sikma (1979.-1985.)
5 Shawn Kemp (1993.-1997.)
4 Spencer Haywood (1972.-1975.)
RAY ALLEN (2004.-2007.)
3 Lenny Wilkens (1969., 1970., 1971.)
2 Dennis Johnson (1979., 1980.)
Gus Williams (1982., 1983.)
Detlef Schrempf (1995., 1997.)
1 Walt Hazzard (1968.)
Bob Rule (1970.)
Fred Brown (1976.)
Paul Westphal (1981.)
Lonnie Shelton (1982.)
David Thompson (1983.)
Tom Chambers (1987.)
Xavier McDaniel (1988.)
Dale Ellis (1989.)
Vin Baker (1998.)
RASHARD LEWIS (2005.)
KEVIN DURANT (2010.)

13. SAN ANTONIO SPURS 44
9 All-Stars in 34 years of the club’s existence
12 TIM DUNCAN (1998., 2000.-2010.)
10 David Robinson (1990.-1996., 1998., 2000., 2001.)
9 George Gervin (1977.-1985.)
3 Alvin Robertson (1986., 1987., 1988.)
TONY PARKER (2006., 2007., 2009.)
2 Larry Kenon (1978., 1979.)
Artis Gilmore (1983., 1986.)
Sean Elliott (1993., 1996.)
1 MANU GINOBILI (2005.)

14. CHICAGO BULLS 42 (41)
13 All-Stars in 44 years of the club’s existence
12 (11) Michael Jordan (1985.-1993., 1996., 1997., 1998.; DNP 1986.)
7 Scottie Pippen (1990., 1992.-1997.)
4 Chet Walker (1970., 1971., 1973., 1974.)
Artis Gilmore (1978., 1979., 1981., 1982.)
3 Bob Love (1971., 1972., 1973.)
Norm Van Lier (1974., 1976., 1977.)
2 Jerry Sloan (1967., 1969.)
Reggie Theus (1981., 1983.)
1 Guy Rodgers (1967.)
Bob Boozer (1968.)
B.J. Armstrong (1994.)
Horace Grant (1994.)
DERRICK ROSE (2010.)

15. UTAH JAZZ 41 (37)
11 All-Stars in 36 years of the club’s existence
14 (12) Karl Malone (1988.-1998., 2000., 2001., 2002.; DNP 1990., 2002.)
10 John Stockton (1989.-1997., 2000.)
6 Adrian Dantley (1980., 1981., 1982., 1984., 1985., 1986.)
3 (2) Pete Maravich (1977., 1978., 1979.; DNP 1978.)
2 (1) CARLOS BOOZER (2007., 2008.; DNP 2007.)
1 Truck Robinson (1978.)
Rickey Green (1984.)
Mark Eaton (1989.)
ANDREI KIRILENKO (2004.)
MEHMET OKUR (2007.)
DERON WILLIAMS (2010.)

16. MILWAUKEE BUCKS 39 (38)
17 All-Stars in 42 years of the club’s existence
6 (5) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1970.-1975.; DNP 1973.)
5 Sidney Moncrief (1982.-1986.)
4 Marques Johnson (1979., 1980., 1981., 1983.)
3 Bob Dandridge (1973., 1975., 1976.)
Vin Baker (1995., 1996., 1997.)
RAY ALLEN (2000., 2001., 2002.)
2 Oscar Robertson (1971., 1972.)
Brian Winters (1976., 1978.)
Terry Cummings (1985., 1989.)
Glenn Robinson (2000., 2001.)
1 Jon McGlocklin (1969.)
Flynn Robinson (1970.)
Jim Price (1975.)
Bob Lanier (1982.)
Ricky Pierce (1991.)
Alvin Robertson (1991.)
MICHAEL REDD (2004.)

17.PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 34 (32)
14 All-Stars in 40 years of the club’s existence
8 Clyde Drexler (1986., 1988.-1994.)
4 Sidney Wicks (1972., 1973., 1974., 1975.)
3 Maurice Lucas (1977., 1978., 1979.)
BRANDON ROY (2008., 2009., DNP 2010.)
2 Geoff Petrie (1971., 1974.)
(1) Bill Walton (1977., 1978.; DNP 1977.)
Jim Paxson (1983., 1984.)
Kevin Duckworth (1989., 1991.)
Terry Porter (1991., 1993.)
RASHEED WALLACE (2000., 2001.)
1 Lionel Hollins (1978.)
Kermit Washington (1980.)
(0) Steve Johnson (1988. – DNP)
Clifford Robinson (1994.)

18. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 31
15 All-Stars in 40 years of the club’s existence
6 LeBRON JAMES (2005.-2010.)
5 Brad Daugherty (1988., 1989., 1991., 1992., 1993.)
4 Mark Price (1989., 1992., 1993., 1994.)
2 John Johnson (1971., 1972.)
Larry Nance (1989., 1993.)
Terrell Brandon (1996., 1997.)
ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS (2003, 2005)
1 Butch Beard (1972)
Lenny Wilkens (1973)
Austin Carr (1974)
Campy Russell (1979)
Mike Mitchell (1981)
Tyrone Hill (1995)
Shawn Kemp (1998)
MO WILLIAMS (2009)

19. DENVER NUGGETS 31 (30)
13 All-Stars in 34 years of the club’s existence
8 Alex English (1982-1989)
3 David Thompson (1977, 1978, 1979)
Dikembe Mutombo (1992, 1995, 1996)
CARMELO ANTHONY (2007, 2008, 2010)
2 Bobby Jones (1977, 1978)
Kiki Vandeweghe (1983, 1984)
Fat Lever (1988, 1990)
(1) ALLEN IVERSON (2007, 2008; DNP 2007)
CHAUNCEY BILLUPS (2009, 2010)
1 Dan Issel (1977)
George McGinnis (1979)
Calvin Natt (1985)
ANTONIO McDYESS (2001)

20. DALLAS MAVERICKS 24
9 All-Stars in 30 years of the club’s existence
9 DIRK NOWITZKI (2002-2010)
4 Rolando Blackman (1985, 1986, 1987, 1990)
3 Mark Aguirre (1984, 1987, 1988)
2 MICHAEL FINLEY (2000, 2001)
STEVE NASH (2002, 2003)
1 James Donaldson (1988)
JASON KIDD (1996)
Chris Gatling (1997)
JOSH HOWARD (2007)

21. ORLANDO MAGIC 20 (19)
7 All-Stars in 21 years of the club’s existence
4 SHAQUILLE O’NEAL (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)
Penny Hardaway (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
TRACY McGRADY (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
DWIGHT HOWARD (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
2 (1) GRANT HILL (2001, 2005; DNP 2001)
1 RASHARD LEWIS (2009)
(0) JAMEER NELSON (2009 – DNP)

22. NEW JERSEY NETS 19 (18)
11 All-Stars in 34 years of the club’s existence
5 (4) JASON KIDD (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008; DNP 2007)
3 Buck Williams (1982, 1983, 1986)
VINCE CARTER (2005, 2006, 2007)
1 Otis Birdsong (1984)
Michael Ray Richardson (1985)
Kenny Anderson (1994)
Derrick Coleman (1994)
Jayson Williams (1998)
Stephon Marbury (2001)
KENYON MARTIN (2004)
DEVIN HARRIS (2009)

23. INDIANA PACERS 19 (18)
10 All-Stars in 34 years of the club’s existence
6 (5) JERMAINE O’NEAL (2002-2007; DNP 2006)
5 Reggie Miller (1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000)
1 Billy Knight (1977)
Don Buse (1977)
Detlef Schrempf (1993)
Rik Smits (1998)
Dale Davis (2000)
BRAD MILLER (2003)
RON ARTEST (2004)
DANNY GRANGER (2009)

24. NEW ORLEANS HORNETS 17 (15)
9 All-Stars in 22 years of the club’s existence
3 Glen Rice (1996, 1997, 1998)
(2) CHRIS PAUL (2008, 2009, 2010; DNP 2010)
2 Larry Johnson (1993, 1995)
(1) Alonzo Mourning (1994, 1995; DNP 1994)
BARON DAVIS (2002, 2004)
DAVID WEST (2008, 2009)
1 Eddie Jones (2000)
Jamal Mashburn (2003)
JAMAAL MAGLOIRE (2004)

25. MIAMI HEAT 17 (15)
5 All-Stars in 22 years of the club’s existence
6 DWYANE WADE (2005-2010)
5 (3) Alonzo Mourning (1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002; DNP 1997, 2001)
3 SHAQUILLE O’NEAL (2005, 2006, 2007)
2 Tim Hardaway (1997, 1998)
1 Anthony Mason (2001)

26. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 16
9 All-Stars in 40 years of the club’s existence
3 Bob Kauffman (1971, 1972, 1973)
Bob McAdoo (1974, 1975, 1976)
2 Randy Smith (1976, 1978)
Danny Manning (1993, 1994)
ELTON BRAND (2002, 2006)
1 World B. Free (1980)
Norm Nixon (1985)
Marques Johnson (1986)
CHRIS KAMAN (2010)

27. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 13
4 All-Stars in 21 years of the club’s existence
10 KEVIN GARNETT (1997, 1998, 2000-2007)
1 Tom Gugliotta (1997)
Wally Szczerbiak (2002)
Sam Cassell (2004)

28. TORONTO RAPTORS 11 (9)
3 All-Stars in 15 years of the club’s existence
5 (4) VINCE CARTER (2000-2004; DNP 2002)
(4) CHRIS BOSH (2006-2010; DNP 2009)
1 Antonio Davis (2001)

29. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 2
2 All-Stars in 15 years of the club’s existence
1 PAU GASOL (2006)
ZACH RANDOLPH (2010)

30. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS 1
1 All-Star in 6 years of the club’s existence
1 GERALD WALLACE (2010)

31. INDIANAPOLIS OLYMPIANS* 5
4 All-Stars in 4 years of the club’s existence
2 Leo Barnhorst (1952, 1953)
1 Ralph Beard (1951)
Alex Groza (1951)
Paul Walther (1952)
* TEAM FOLDED IN 1953 (AFTER FOURTH SEASON)

32. BALTIMORE BULLETS* 4 (3)
3 All-Stars in nearly 8 years of the club’s existence
2 (1) Fred Scolari (1952, 1953; DNP 1953)
1 Red Rocha (1951)
Ray Felix (1954)
* TEAM DISBANDED NOVEMBER 27 1954 (AFTER 14 GAMES IN EIGHTH SEASON)

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Jason Terry’s another who could’ve made an All-Star team were he playing under different circumstances. Great research, Tomislav… although, I’m not sure I agree a player needs to be an All-Star to make the Hall.

  • http://edgeofsports.com Dave Zirin

    Chuck Connors Person. Former ROY, went toe to tow with Bird in the playoffs, and in my mind one of the five best to never make the team. An egregious omission

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Rod Strickland is a crazy snub in my opinion. Dude was a beast for a minute, but folks punished him for his attitude.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Very solid, Tomislav. Thanks. Agree with Allenp on Hot Rod, too.

  • http://crohoops.com Tomislav

    Ryne, thanks! I wanted to do a little different article than Jeff Fox. Of course, a player does not need to be an All-Star to make the Hall.

    I finished this article last week so I will add Kaman to the Clippers:

    26. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 16
    9 All-Stars in 40 years of the club’s existence
    3 Bob Kauffman (1971, 1972, 1973)
    Bob McAdoo (1974, 1975, 1976)
    2 Randy Smith (1976, 1978)
    Danny Manning (1993, 1994)
    ELTON BRAND (2002, 2006)
    1 World B. Free (1980)
    Norm Nixon (1985)
    Marques Johnson (1986)
    CHRIS KAMAN (2010)

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    No need, Tomislav, we already got you.

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Kukoc averaged 13, 4 and 3 in ’98 hardly an all-star

  • J-Ro

    Amare has had bad history wih injuries. But he has never sat out an all-star game?…..hhmmm….

  • Allon Freiman

    So you have the Baltimore Bullets and the Indianapolis Olympians on the list. Why not have the Seattle SuperSonics? The Oklahoma City Thunder have 1 All-star in their 2 years history. That’s just not right.

  • Allon Freiman

    So you have the Baltimore Bullets and the Indianapolis Olympians on the list. Why not have the Seattle SuperSonics? The Oklahoma City Thunder have 1 All-star in their 2 years history. That’s just not right.

  • David

    Toe to tow, dave?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    its nice to know the only 2 teams with less all-stars than my boys dont exist anymore…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Willis Reed! Clyde Frazier! Pearl Monroe! Dave Debusshere! Bernard King! Patrick Ewing! John Starks! Latrell Sprewell!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    X-Man was craaaaaaazy!

  • http://www.basketball247.co.uk Greg Tanner

    Your argument that only a certain number of players should come from one team is garbage. If one team has four all-star calibre ballers, then so be it.

  • Son of Shawn

    Jalen Rose anyone?

  • Son of Shawn

    Why the Clippers hasn´t retired MCAdoo shirt?

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com The Hoopistani

    thanks for the list: very comprehensive

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  • Sam Z

    ur argument for kC jones is garbage man stats dont mean everything. are u stupid? a hall of fame selection can be based on how he affected the history/course of the game he was a consummate teammate in that era who was vital to those eight championships. speaking of stats 8 chips name me 5 allstars who have more. case and point. do some research before u write an article

  • Sam Z

    thank god u dont run the hall of game. otherwise connie hawkins wouldve been screwed over even more. ur argument for him would probs be not good enough total stats or some bs

  • spit hot fiyah

    ROD STRICKLAND

  • http://www.behindtheb.blogspot.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    I cant belive San Antonio have only had 9 all stars! really?

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Strickland is a glaring omission. I can’t think of anyone else who deserved it for than Strickland.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    I was gonna say Mark Eaton, but apparently he has made an All-star team.

  • http://crohoops.com Tomislav

    Allon, I have Seattle, just under different name. They relocated so I can’t name them Seattle SuperSonics anymore. Do you know how hard would be to compile a list of your own? For that I would have to dissect every NBA team that has relocated. And that’s plenty of teams. Fort Wayne Pistons, Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, San Diego Rockets, Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers, Minneapolis Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle SuperSonics, Syracuse Nationals, Rochester Royals, Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City/Omaha Kings, Kansas City Kings, New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Packers, Chicago Zephyrs, Baltimore Bullets.

    NBA Guide, which you can find here:

    http://www.nba.com/2010/news/transactions/01/05/nba.guide/index.html

    has always listed team by team history (pages 90 to 114 in NBA Guide) with city which is presently the base of that team. That’s why I can’t put Seattle.

  • bringyagame

    No doubt Rod Strickland! You can ask Payton, Stockton, Mark Jackson, Terry Porter and the rest of those guards and the consensus would be the same.

  • tavoris

    ^feels the same way about Strickland.

  • Juice

    jason williams

  • http://crohoops.com Tomislav

    Sam Z,

    I’m not stupid. Argument for K.C. Jones is not blown out of proportion. He is not a Hall of Fame type of player. Period. If you’re so smart then tell me why Satch Sanders isn’t in the Hall of Fame? He also won 8 rings with the Celtics (just like K.C. Jones). That’s why you probably won’t see Robert Horry in the Hall despite his 7 rings.

    K.C. Jones was a fantastic coach and he should have been inducted into the Hall as a coach. As well as other deserving coaches. It’s a disgrace that these coaches are not in the Hall of Fame: Tex Winter, Bill Fitch, Don Nelson, Dick Motta, Al Attles, Cotton Fitzsimmons.

    You would be very happy if I run the Hall of Fame. As a basketball historian I am very well aware of the marquee names that were excluded from the Hall of Fame: Artis Gilmore, Dennis Johnson, Bernard King, Jo Jo White, Tom Chambers, Walter Davis, Richie Guerin, Spencer Haywood, Gus Johnson, George McGinnis, Sidney Moncrief, Chet Walker, Paul Westphal, Max Zaslofsky. If I were running the Hall of Fame I would rectify all that. Then Dominique Wilkins wouldn’t be passed. Wilkins, who many believed would be a no-brainer first-ballot inductee, was not among those chosen to enter the Hall in 2005. He was elected in 2006. What about Adrian Dantley? He was elected in 7th try which is a disgrace. Biggest omission of them all is Artis Gilmore. Steve Aschburner published a great interview with Artis Gilmore a few days ago on NBA.com. Gilmore was asked by Aschburner: “I was going to get to that. During your time with the Bulls, you had to be exposed to the backroom deals and head-scratching decisions of Chicago politics. Does that help in understanding the Hall of Fame and your exclusion?” Gilmore answered: “I don’t know who the voters are, who makes those decisions. Once upon a time, it was pretty emotional for me. My mother [Mattie] was around — she was a double amputee — and I wanted her to be sitting there in whatever respect she could be, and seeing that incredible smile that she always had, observing me receive this incredible honor and me acknowledging her. But it didn’t happen, because she’s gone now [about four years ago].”

    Basketball Hall of Fame would be in fantastic order if I were running things there. Because I care about legends. I would also give proper recognition to the ABA in the Hall of Fame.

    And yes, I think that former NBA player who is inducted to the Hall of Fame needs to be an All-Star. At least once. K.C. Jones was a mediocre player, but a fantastic coach. That’s why he should have been elected as a coach. The only exceptions when a player doesn’t need to be an All-Star to be inducted to the Hall of Fame are early basketball pioneers such as Bob Kurland, Barney Sedran… International players like Drazen, Kukoc, Sabonis and other are Hall of Fame worthy because they had fantastic careers in Europe. It was a treat to watch Drazen playing for Croatian powerhouse Cibona when no opposing player could guard him. In 1985 and 1986 he averaged 40 points a game in Europe. Kukoc, Sabonis and Vlade Divac are locks for Hall of Fame because of their contributions in Europe.

    Connie Hawkins is an ABA legend and deserved to be elected in the Hall of Fame before 1992. He was linked to a gambling and point-shaving scandal and that cost him. Sam Z, do your research a little better because all the facts are here in this post.

  • Michael

    i love how someone puts a great deal of effort and an obvious amaount of reserach into an article and then some dude anonymously posts a comment about him doing some research.. god bless the internet heroes of the world. thanks for the article man

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Great article, Tomislav.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Tomislav: Obviously I don’t know much about the 60s Celtics, but from what I hear, KC Jones was one of the best man-to-man defenders of his era, while throwing 5-6 assists a game, which back then was a ludicrous feat. Remember, Cousy was just doing 7-8…
    He was also one of the LEADERS of this incredible Celtics dynasty.
    So, you may be right, he may not deserve a HOF nod. But, I mean, he’s not as bad as you’re making him sound.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Jalen Rose and Mike Bibby should have been All-Stars at least once. Tayshaun Prince too, when the Pistons were contenders.

  • http://historiasdebasketusa.blogspot.com Jose

    Great effort Miroslav! It’s a huge job to compile this list.

    I found 2 DNP missing from your list, both from the 50′s:
    - Jack Molinas (Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons) 1954
    - Clyde Lovellette (Minneapolis/LA Lakers) 1957

    You can find more information in this site:
    - http://www.allstarnba.es/1954.htm
    - http://www.allstarnba.es/1957.htm

    Cheers!

  • http://crohoops.com Tomislav

    Jukai,

    K.C. Jones was not bad player. He just isn’t Hall of Fame type player. Bruce Bowen was also fantastic defender (five time All-Defensive first team) and one of key contributors to 3 Spurs’ titles. If K.C. Jones is in the Hall of Fame then Bowen should be elected too. And every fantastic defender whose contribution was vital for NBA titles. Bobby Jones too. I also need to say a few things about Dennis Rodman. Dennis’ behavior was sometimes crazy but on the basketball court he was a consummate team player. It is well known that his antics have cost him All-Star spots in 1996, 1997 and 1998 but no matter what he did off the court Dennis should be a lock for Hall of Fame. Being tall only 6-7 and averaging 13.1 rebounds in his career, not to mention rebounding averages of 18.7 rpg and 18.3 rpg in seasons 1991-92 and 1992-93 is just unbelievable.

  • http://crohoops.com Tomislav

    Jose, thanks! But my name is not Miroslav, it is Tomislav. I needed several weeks to compile this list. I started compiling this list two and half years ago. My sources were Official NBA Register, Official NBA guide, http://www.basketball-reference.com and box scores from 2000 Official NBA encyclopedia.

    I checked for Jack Molinas and he’s not listed as All-Star on basketball-reference. Apparently, Clyde Lovellette was selected to 1957 All-Star game but didn’t play.

    Your website is fantastic. Cheers!

  • http://historiasdebasketusa.blogspot.com Jose

    Sorry for the misspelling Tomislav ;)
    All the historical NBA sources tried to “erase” this fact from Molinas (gambling suspensions is not something to be proud of) and because of that b-r does not listed him.
    But the true is that he was selected some day before the gambling scandal.
    You can check this image capture from Syracuse Herald Journal Jan 6, 1954 ==> http://i49.tinypic.com/34eomeh.jpg

  • crossphaded

    Ron Harper, for sure…is one of the greatest to never have been named to an All-Star game. In 89, I think he got snubbed. If 3 Cavs were to be in it, it shoulda been Price, Daugherty, and Harp, not Nance. Or even Mark Jackson. In 90, if it wasnt for the torn ACL, he was a sure fire All-Star.
    Its ok though…he has 5 rings. There are countless number of All-Stars on that list who don’t have any!

  • pennydunk_1

    Michael Williams,Pacers ’92, and Darrel Griffith were big snubs. As for the Joke-of-Fame, they should get Sugar Ray and Penny there,or I don’t give a damn

  • pennydunk_1

    also thurl bayley.does anyone read this post anyway?

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