Andre Drummond snubbed for 2014 NBA All-Star Game

Andre Drummond, as expected, did not make the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

I would have taken Drummond over Paul Millsap, DeMar DeRozan and Joe Johnson, so that makes Drummond a snub to me.

But since Drummond’s stock was highest, a few other East frontcourt players came on strong and Drummond drifted a bit. Simply, he didn’t do enough to make himself an obvious choice, and the Pistons’ 18-27 record didn’t get him any second looks.

That’s not fair to Drummond, who shouldn’t be held solely responsible for Detroit’s struggles when it comes to an individual honor. Yet, that’s the reality of the system.

In the long run, tonight won’t make a blip on Drummond’s resume. Bigger things are in his future, and snubs in his early years will fade into nothingness.

Drummond is just 20 years old. He’ll become an All-Star soon enough.

Here are all the players with at least 5.2 win shares – the total Drummond already has this year – in a season when they were 20 or younger:

  • LeBron James
  • Magic Johnson
  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • Chris Paul
  • Adrian Dantley
  • Dwight Howard
  • Kevin Durant
  • Chris Webber
  • Tony Parker
  • Elton Brand
  • Kevin Garnett
  • Andrei Kirilenko
  • John Drew
  • Chris Bosh
  • Joe Smith
  • Andris Biedrins
  • Tracy McGrady
  • Greg Monroe
  • Luol Deng
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Carl Braun
  • Amar’e Stoudemire
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Anthony Davis
  • Brook Lopez
  • Jrue Holiday
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Thaddeus Young
  • Tyreke Evans
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Kevin Love
  • Stephon Marbury
  • Mike Miller

Of those 33 players, 25 became All-Stars.

Drummond, not even at the All-Star break, has already put himself in special company. As this season continues, he’ll separate himself even further from that group and show just how special he is.

He doesn’t need an All-Star berth to do that.

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