Guess Who Is and (Who Is Not) Going to Dallas?


Chris Kaman is not an All-Star this year, despite averaging 20.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, one of only three players to average 20 and 9 and the only one of those three who won’t be in Dallas over Valentine’s Day weekend.

Kaman foretold his fate a few weeks ago when he predicted Pau Gasol would get in due to the fact he plays on the Lakers and despite the fact that he missed significant time early this season due to injury. Gasol is the only questionable selection on the West roster and it’s not really that much of a stretch, given that he plays on the Lakers and may have gotten a few votes from coaches looking to recognize his superior play in last year’s playoffs.

Kaman has good numbers and would have been a good choice for the team, but it’s not as if his selection was a no-brainer. Kaman is on a team that has a losing record and no one on either roster plays for a team with a losing record.  What’s further damning in the case for Kaman is the ugly loss the Clippers suffered against the Nets the day coachess’ ballots were due.

If the NBA All-Star selection were like that of Major League Baseball, where every team has a representative, I’d think Kaman would be the logical choice to represent the Clippers, but Marcus Camby’s play of late would lend weight to the argument that he could be the Clippers’ rep. If you can’t be the hands-down selection on your own team and if your team is 20-25 with a reputation for being horrible, then you probably don’t deserve to go to the party – I mean, game.

I’d have to do some in-depth scouring of the stat roundup, but I think Kaman deserves mention in the Comeback Player of the Year award for his play this year. But that does not make you an All-Star.

The Clippers aren’t going to be shutout of the entire weekend’s festivities, however. Second-year guard Eric Gordon will represent the Clippers in Friday night’s Rookies/Sophomore Challenge.

Gordon was a member of the Rookie team last year, but it’s probably too premature to say he may be on his way to turning the team’s All Star fortunes around. He’s a solid player in a Western Conference that is loaded with guards, making it unlikely he’d get selected to the true All-Star roster if he has comparable stats to this year’s.

The Clippers will try to save some face tonight when they play at Minnesota. It looks like a favorable matchup for the Clippers, but that’s just misplaced logic and optimism from a deranged Clippers fan.

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