NBA All-Star weekend snubs: Jordan, Lillard and Korver

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Adam Silver has welcomed the idea of expanding NBA All-Star rosters, therefore limiting the dismay caused by his decisions to send certain players. 

When asked about the expansion, Silver said: "I think that's something that will get very strong consideration. I think that's an issue that we'll end up discussing with the Players Association." 

There are numerous players who deserve to go, but these are the biggest snubs of this season heading into the Weekend in New York. 

DeAndre Jordan

The All-Star game is all about entertainment and recognising ability and Jordan has an abundance of both. The 6ft 11in centre is a monster on the defensive end of the floor whilst adding mesmerising dunks at the other end.

The L.A Clippers star led the NBA in rebounds per game and field goal percentage last season and it looks like he will receive that honor this year. The big man is currently averaging 13.5 rebounds per game and has a field goal percentage of 73.1% - which are astonishing numbers.

If D.J is to finish with with the field goal percentage he is currently averaging, it would actually create NBA history, breaking the great Wilt Chamberlain record of 72.7% in the 1972-73 season. By no means is Jordan as good as Wilt, but he is certainly proving he’s one of the best big men in the league.

The 26-year-old is also a big-time shot blocker, currently averaging 2.5 blocks per game. However, it’s the shots that Jordan effects which is impressive. His size in the paint intimidates opponents who are driving to the basket which forces them to lose the ball or throw up a circus shot.

All signs point to Defensive Player of the Year, right?

Jordan also holds the NBA’s longest active consecutive game streak with 288, which is impressive for a player of his size and the energy that he plays with. DeAndre does so much on the floor for the Clippers but with the main focus of the All-Star game on scoring, he unjustly missed out.

Damian Lillard

How times have changed for Lillard. Last All-Star weekend he made NBA history by taking part in five events during the event, from the skills challenge to the All-Star game.

However, this year the 24-year-old will be watching from home - much to his disgust. The Portland Trail Blazers star posted a picture on Instagram venting his frustration about the snub.

Due to Kobe Bryant pulling out of the event through injury, it was between Lillard and Sacramento star DeMarcus Cousins to make the roster. Unfortunately for Lillard, Cousins made the cut.

Portland currently sit fourth in the Western Conference, which is impressive considering the power of the conference. Lillard is averaging 21.6 points per game as well as 6.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds - fairly strong numbers for a point guard.

His teammate LaMarcus Aldridge made the cut so Lillard will have to settle for cheering him on. However, the 2013 Rookie of the Year will be back and stronger than ever.

"That I had to decide between DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Lillard. I didn't like having to make that choice. I wish I had another slot for Damian because I think he's deserving of being an All-Star as well," said Commissioner Silver. ‎

Kyle Korver

What a season Korver and the Atlanta Hawks are having. The Hawks are taking the league by storm and are currently on a 19-game winning streak, finishing 17-0 in January.

Their perfect January and impressive start to the season is solely down to their ball movement. They don’t care who scores, they don’t need big names and the roster know their roles - the perfect mix. 

Korver is having the season of his life and is currently averaging 52% from the field, 53.7% from three-point range and 91.8% from the free-throw line.

If he keeps up that record, he will also create NBA history. Sharp-shooters in the league aim for 50-40-90 but the 33-year-old wants more than that and is aiming to put his three-point into the 50’s too.

Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Al Horford all made the All-Star team but Korver was very unlucky not to make the cut. However, he will be showing off his skills in the three-point contest against Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and J.J Reddick - be sure not to miss that.

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