This is a guest post from Jonathan Santiago of DavisSportsDeli.com. He shares his thoughts on some interesting All-Star selections just in time for the start of All-Star Weekend!
Nine players are making their NBA All-Star debuts this Sunday. And more than likely, it wont be the last for a couple of them.
But for a few of these guys, Sunday could be the first AND last time some don an All-Star uniform. And that got me wondering about the various one-time All-Stars in NBA history. With a little research, I discovered quite a few incomprehensible appearances and figured What better place to share such a list than The No-Look Pass, home of the We Like Obscure NBA Players series?
So without further ado
10. Hersey Hawkins 1991 (Injury Replacement)
Based on the way Hawkins finished his career, his single All-Star appearance is surprising. But check his first five seasons. They were actually pretty good statistically.
- Pre All-Star Game Stats: 21.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.5 FG%, 40 3P%, 39.2 MPG, 45 of 45 games started.
9. Jeff Hornacek 1992
People remember the Charles-Barkley-to-Phoenix trade. But they dont usually recall who Philly received in return. And when you tell them Jeff Hornacek was the prized possession Philly landed, theyd probably think the Sixers were robbed. But his numbers during his All-Star season were, dare I say, Derrick Rose or Tyreke Evans-like.
- Pre All-Star Game Stats: 20.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 5.0 APG, 52 FG%, 44.9 3P%, 91 FT%, 38 MPG, 48 of 48 games started.
8. Kevin Willis – 1992
If I told you Kevin Willis had a season better than Dwight Howards career numbers, would you believe me? Im sure you wouldnt, but the record books dont lie. In fact, Willis wouldve led the League in rebounding had it not been for Dennis Rodman, who averaged an absurd 18.7 rebounds per game that same season.
- Pre All-Star Game Stats: 18 PPG, 16.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.7 BPG, 0.8 SPG, 47.9 FG%, 81.6 FT%, 36.8 MPG, 47 of 47 games started.
7. Tyrone Hill 1995
The 1995 Cleveland Cavaliers are comparable to this years Houston Rockets. Much like the Rockets this season, no one guy stood head and shoulders ahead of his teammates to lead the Cavs to a 43-39 record. But unlike the Rockets, they were rewarded with an All-Star.
- Pre All-Star Game Stats: 13.7 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 50.7 FG%, 37 out of 39 games started.
6. Anthony Mason 2001
An All-Star Game featuring Anthony Mason? It might not make much sense in the grand scheme of Masons career. But, he did step up his play in the absence of Alonzo Mourning, who was only able to play in 16 total games that season.
- Pre All-Star Game Stats: 15.5 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 45.9 FG%, 80.7% FT, 40.4 MPG, 50 of 50 games started.
5. Theo Ratliff 2001
Solid defensive play, not gaudy statistics, earned Ratliff an All-Star bid back in 2001. Ratliff didnt even get to play in the All-Star Game due to a season-ending wrist injury. His misfortune, however, paved the way for the Sixers to make a blockbuster deal for Dikembe Mutumbo, which helped them get to the NBA Finals.
- Pre All-Star Game Stats: 12.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 3.7 BPG, 49 FG%, 76 FT%, 36 MPG, 50 of 50 games started.
4. BJ Armstrong & Horace Grant (Injury Replacement) 1994
We have a tie for fourth on the list because they kind of come hand-in-hand. 1994 was the year of unlikely All-Stars, with BJ Armstrong & Horace Grant leading the way. Armstrong was selected to the team by the coaches, while Grant made the roster as David Sterns injury replacement for Alonzo Mourning. Overcompensation for the Bulls success in light of Michael Jordans first retirement cost players such as Glen Rice, Steve Smith and most notably Reggie Miller All-Star appearances that year.
- Armstrongs Pre All-Star Game Stats: 15.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.0 APG, 47.5 FG%, 39.3 3P%, 86.2 FT%, 33.7 MPG, 47 of 47 games started.
- Grants Pre All-Star Game Stats: 15 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 3.5 APG, 52.5 FG%, 37 MPG, 40 of 40 games started.
3. AC Green 1990
Much like Armstrong & Grant, Greens All-Star appearance came as a result of a superstar teammates retirement. The Lakers won an NBA high 63 games in 1990 in light of Kareem Abdul-Jabbars departure. And fortunately for Green, he played forward and not guard, which might explain why Byron Scott was snubbed from that team.
- Pre All-Star Game Stats: 13.3 PPG, 9 RPG, 1.0 APG, 35.3 MPG, 72.3 FT%, 47.5 FG%, 35.3 MPG, 46 of 46 games started.
2. Dana Barros 1995
Talk about an aberration! Prior to the 1995 NBA season, Barros never played an entire 82-game season and never averaged more than 13.3 points, 5.2 assists and 31.1 minutes per contest. He set career highs in all four of those categories in 95 playing for a bad Sixers team that finished 24-58. His fluke All-Star campaign is probably why Monta Ellis isnt packing his bags for Dallas.
- Pre All-Star Game Stats: 20.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 7.4 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49 3P%, 89.9 FT%, 40 MPG, 48 of 48 games started
1. Chris Gatling 1997 (Injury Replacement)
Im sure you’re shaking your head in utter disbelief right now. Chris Gatling? Really? Like Barros, Gatling played for a terrible team but couldnt even crack the starting lineup! However, he did post some very good numbers off the bench, most notably a 19 point average on 53.3 percent shooting in 26.8 minutes per game. Like Monta Ellis, Gatlings strange All-Star Appearance might be why Ellis teammate, Corey Maggette isnt headed to Cowboys Stadium either.
- Pre All-Star Game Stats: 19 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 53.3 FG%, 70.7 FT%, 20 3P%, 26.8 MPG, 0 of 42 games started
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