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15 Worst All-stars in NBA History

Making the NBA All-star team is usually a moment of celebration and a reward for a player having a great season. All-star teams are filled with the biggest names in the game, names that even non-NBA fans know. The NBA all-star game is the culmination of the greatest all-star festivities in sports.

The NBA All-star is one place where the NBA absolutely beats the pants off the NFL, MLB, and NHL. Nobody cares about the NFL's pro-bowl, it's a week after the Superbowl and is usually missing some of the top stars in the game. The MLB all-star game always finds new unique ways to suck and ruin the game of baseball. The NHL all-star game? Who the hell watches the NHL all-star game? But the NBA has its all-star game midseason and hypes the event like nothing else it does. It's a star-studded spectacular every season.

But sometimes the NBA gets things wrong. Sometimes injuries and attrition take their toll on NBA stars and the coaches and commissioner are left to sort through what is left of the league's top players. Historically, the NBA has gotten the all-star selection process right more than it has gotten it wrong. More often than not you will hear about snubs, not fans complaining about undeserving players making the team.

The NBA is a star driver league, and each team usually has a clear best player and those players are then ranked against other team's players and that is what gives us a rough estimate of who the best players in the league are. But sometimes a team will be really good, but lack a true star; this is how a lot of these players have made the all-star team. They are the best, or second-best players on solid, but not great teams. who just happen to get "lucky" and make an all-star game.

For this list, a player's individual's all-star season is not taken into account. There have been a lot of stinker legacy picks. For example in 2019 both Dwayne Wade and Dirk Nowitzki made the team, but Wade averaged just 15 points on a mediocre Miami team, and Nowitzki just 7 on a bad Mavericks team. However, for their careers, Wade averaged 22 points a game and Nowitzki 21 points a contest. Both were clearly superstars in their primes, and thus not going to be listed. The same goes for players who are selected by the fans. Fan voting is a joke and needs to be done away with.

Another group of players who are not listed are specialists who make it because they play for an elite team. So guys like Kyle Korver in 2015 or Mark Eaton in 1989 are not listed. Korver a 3-point specialist had a long career, usually as a 6th man, that while was not great, was important. Eaton, one of the greatest big man defenders in league history is a two-time defensive player of the year winner and set the NBA record for blocks in a season with 456, or 5.6 blocks per game, in 1985.

Also excluded are players who got injured early in their careers and thus never materialized into consistent all-stars


15. Kermit Washington

Perhaps best known for a punch that nearly ended both the life and career of Rockets star Rudy Tomjanovic, Washington was a solid defender making the all-defensive team twice in his career. But he was never the best player on his team and his teams were usually not very good. Washington played in just 9 playoff games in his career.

He made his lone all-star appearance in 1980 as a member of the Portland Trailblazers averaging just 13 points and 10 rebounds a game. It was the best season of his career. He ended his career in 1988 averaging just 9 points and 8 rebounds per game.


14. Dana Barros

A career journeyman, Barros bounced around the league his first few seasons and saw little action. In 1993 he joined the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers and he saw his playing time and scoring explode. The following season he averaged 21 points a game and made his lone all-star team.

The Boston Celtics paid Barros the following year and his production plummeted.

Barros is one of the biggest one-hit wonder all-stars in NBA history. He deserved his spot on the 1995 team, but the season appears to be just an anomaly in an otherwise unremarkable career.


13. A.C. Green

The poster child for why fan voting for the NBA all-star game is a terrible idea. Green was selected as an all-star starter in 1990. Green was selected by the fans over Utah's Karl Malone and Malone took it personally the next night abusing the Bucks for 61 points.

Green was a solid player throughout his career and helped guide the Lakers to 3 NBA titles and is the only person to have championship rights with both the Showtime Lakers and the Shaq and Kobe Lakers. Still, he was not all-star worthy. He never averaged more than mediocre numbers on some very good teams.


12. Lionel Hollins

Hollins was a key contributor to the Portland Blazers only NBA title in 1977, and that helped propel him to his all-star birth the next season.

He was solid on almost every aspect of the game, just not spectacular anywhere.

For his career, he averaged just 12 points a 4 assists


11. B.J. Armstrong

Michael Jordan's backcourt running mate during the Bulls first three-point, Armstrong had a breakout season the year following Jordan's retirement. Still, his breakout year was average at best averaging just 15 points and a few assists and a few steals a game.

Armstrong along with teammate Horace Grant made the game because of Scottie Pippen. Pippen had taken over the mantel from Jordan after his first retirement and kept the Bulls as one of the best teams in the league.

Armstrong would never hit the level of production that he saw in his only all-star year, and with rumors of Jordan's return and Armstrong wanting more money, the Bulls allowed him to be taken by the Raptors in the expansion draft. Armstrong would never see the consistent playing time or production again.


10. Rickey Green

A solid defender on an average defensive team, Rickey Green helped turn the Jazz from a bottom feeder to one of the west bests teams.

Green was never really good at anything but was terrible at nothing. But at the same time, he was a shining examination of mediocrity. He did lead the NBA in steals his all-star season.

The writing was on the wall for Green and the Jazz after his all-star season. The Jazz would select his eventual replacement, John Stockton, and start grooming him to take over the reins.


9. Antonio Davis

Davis's selection to the 2001 game feels almost like a legacy pick, but why? In 2001 Davis averaged 13 and 10 rebounds on an average Raptors team.

The rest of Davis' career is pretty much the definition of mediocrity. He averaged just 10 points and 7 boards for a career.


8. Dale Davis

Antonio Davis' former front-court mate in Indiana, Dale Davis made his only all-star appearance in 2000 averaging just 10 points and 10 rebounds. This was par for the course for him through most his prime. He was a solid role player but was not even the best big man on his team as the Pacers had Rick Smits


7. Tyrone Hill

Even most NBA fans in 1995 would have a hard time telling you who Tyrone Hill was. His making of the all-star game that year was one of the weird selections in NBA history. His numbers were not that good and neither was the Cavaliers.

Hill went on to have a solid career as a bench player, but never anything worthy of an all-star selection. One thing he could always do, was to find the best sports betting sites in the US, as it did lead to some legal troubles after his career.


6. Hod Rod Hundley

Hundley was a two-time all-star for the Lakers in the early 1960s, and was a college star at West Virginia, and was the #1 pick in the 1957 NBA draft. None of those things qualified him for two all-star selections.

While Hundley does violate to some degree the rule of not picking players whose career was affected by injuries, the injuries in question came after the all-star appearances and totally ended his career. Still, his career is anything from memorable.

Hundley would go on to have a hall-of-fame broadcasting career retiring in 2006.


5. Don Buse

The only ABA all-star on the list, but that all-star game and his ABA career as a whole will be ignored for this list. What we care about is his 1977 NBA all-star appearance.

His lone NBA all-star appearance is a total head-scratcher. The Pacers were not a good team, and Buse was the team's 8th leading scorer behind offensive weapons like Wil Jones, Dave Robish, Darnell Hill, and Make Flynn. He did lead his team and the league in steals and assists, but even those numbers were not spectacular.


4. Don Sunderlage

Arguably the worst player on this list. His career was short but was not cut short by injuries, but rather really a desire to play.

He had a solid rookie year for the Milwaukee Hawks where he made the all-star team. The following season he was traded to the Lakers, where he saw his minutes cut and eventually was cut by the Lakers ending his NBA career.

Following his release from the Lakers, Sunderlage had no desire to keep playing professional basketball and left the sport. Sadly, in 1961, he and his wife were both killed in an automoble accident.


3. Chris Gatling

Gatling played 700 games in the NBA and started just 68, Making him one of the few career bench players to ever make an NBA all-star team.

Like Dana Barros before him, Gatling had an outlier season where his production went through the roof and that lead to an all-star birth. But unlike Barros who was the team star, Gatling was the 6th man and was in nominated for the year award. But after making the all-star team, the Mavericks traded him and an injury derailed his best season

The injury however did not end Gatling's career. His numbers for the remainder of his career are similar to those before his one break-out season.


2. James Donaldson

There is no doubt that James Donaldson had a long career, but it was just that, long. Nothing else can be said about it. He started for some good teams but was not an elite rebounder, or defender, or shot-blocker, or scorer. In fact, he was not even average at any of those things.

The only explanation for Donaldson's 1988 is that there were so many injuries that season that the league literally had no one else to choose from.

It is also curious, that unlike most players on this list, Donaldson's only all-star appearance didn't even come in his best season. In fact, his scoring average of just 7 points per game, was one of the lowest of his career.


1. Jamaal Magloire

Three players from the NBA draft class of 2000 made an NBA all-star team; Kenyon Martin, Michael Redd, and Jamaal Magloire. With Martin and Redd it is clear why they made the All-star game, Magloire it is not so much.

Like many others on this list, he was not even the best player on a mediocre team. He also took one of the hardest falls of any player to ever play on an all-star team, in his last 4 seasons he never once averaged more than 3 points per game and scored in double figures only one time.