2011 NBA All-Star Saturday: Monta Ellis is Not the Warrior with the Biggest Beef

February 16th, 2011 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
Monta Ellis was one of the biggest snubs of All-Star Weekend. There's no getting around that. A quick look at the numbers (25.2 points, 5.4 assists, 2.2 steals, 45.6 percent shooting) seems to scream All-Star, regardless of the name on the front of the jersey.

But weren't Warriors fans prepared for that moment? Was there even a moment of surprise when the All-Star reserves were announced and Ellis' name was not among them?

After all, the team's last All-Star came 14 years ago and Baron Davis arguably had a stronger 2008 campaign (21.8 points, 7.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals) that ultimately fell short.

Even staunch Ellis supporters have struggled to justify his case. His numbers are there, but who would he replace? Russell Westbrook (22.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 8.6 assists), Deron Williams (21.4 points, 9.7 assists) or Manu Ginobili (17.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists)?

It's a tough call, made even tougher when considering that Westbrook's Thunder, Williams's Jazz and Ginobili's Spurs are a combined 30.5 games ahead of Ellis' Warriors.

Like it or not, the All-Star game is a collection of the best players from the ...

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