With the NBA All-Star Game reserves announced earlier today, all the eyes were focused upon the Western Conference. The Eastern Conference was already loaded with the inclusion of Pierce, Rondo & Garnett not to mention Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh to compliment the starting five of Rose, Wade, James, Stoudemire & Howard. The West was a little trickier given the fact that the starting center Yao Ming is out for the season with a broken foot (again).

The West reserves include Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. But there are three names still out West who have done servicable jobs for teams without winning records that deserve a chance to shine in LA. Golden State’s Monta Ellis is fourth in the league in scoring (possibly second in tattoos) and Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies averages close to a double-double every night. However, neither of those players hold a candle to the biggest snub on this list:

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Love’s statistics this season are mind-boggling. What other player in the league do you know that could possibly average 20 points, 15 rebounds and shoot nearly 45% from distance? Simple, you can’t. Love has put up the type of numbers that if he were on a winning team he would be the MVP without hesitation. He’s put up the first 30-30 game in nearly 30 years this season, has six 20-20 games and currently leads the league in double-doubles.

And that NUMB#RS ad created by the T-Wolves up above ranks right up there with some of the best promotional tools ever used by a team who has won 10 games.

I’m aware that The Big Fundamental is only on the squad possibly because his head coach is the same man coaching the West in the game this year but if Love doesn’t beat out those other players for Yao’s vacated spot due to injury then the NBA will lose in the long run for not honoring players who do surprisingly well on bad teams.

And at the moment, the league needs all the wins it can get.

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