Every single year a handful of players will get overlooked by either the fans or the coaches when they're deciding who's going to be on each all star team. Sometimes, if a player is good enough, he'll keep on producing at a high level and eventually find his way onto the team, other times a player is a one year wonder and will never reach that high level of play ever again, and in extremely rare cases a player will be overlooked for his entire career.
The purpose of this list is to take a look at players who were overlooked while they were in their prime, whether it's because they were on a bad team, or because they just didn't stand out for whatever reason. Those players along with their stats in the years they were overlooked will be listed below.
Mike Bibby: It's baffling to thin that Bibby never made a single all star team. He was arguably the best player on one of the best teams of the early 2000's. He was also the Kings go-to-guy in the clutch. He strung together 3 all star caliber years in the early and mid 2000's, but was consistently overlooked.
Overlooked Years: 2000-2001, averaged 15.9 points, 1.3 steals, and 8.4 assists while playing for the Vancouver Grizzlies. 2003-2004, averaged 18.4 points, 1.4 steals, and 5.4 assists while playing for the Sacramento Kings. 2004-2005, averaged 19.6 points, 1.6 steals, and 6.8 assists while playing for the Sacramento Kings. 2005-2006, averaged 21.1 points, 1.0 steals, and 5.4 assists while playing for the Sacramento Kings.
Damon Stoudamire: It's likely that Stoudamire was overlooked in his best years because the team he was playing for in his best years really wasn't that good. However, he played at a very high level and was one of the best point guards in the league. He should have made at least one all star team.
Overlooked Years: 1995-1996, averaged 19.0 points, 1.4 steals, and 9.3 assists while playing for the Toronto Raptors. 1996-1997, averaged 20.2 points, 1.5 steals, and 8.8 assists while playing for the Toronto Raptors.
Stephen Curry: It's almost guaranteed that Curry will eventually make an all star team. He's just too good to never make it. He could actually make his first all star appearance this season, and even if he doesn't, he will eventually.
Overlooked Years: 2012-2013, averaged 22.9 points, 1.6 steals, and 6.9 assists while having a .453 three point percentage.
Marcus Camby: He's bounced around the league a little bit and has played for bad teams and some championship contenders. Camby is a former defensive player of the year and was one of the best players at his position consistently throughout his career.
Overlooked Years: 2000-2001, averaged 12.0 points, 2.2 blocks, and 11.5 rebounds while playing for the New York Knicks. 2006-2007, averaged 11.2 points, 3.3 blocks, 11.7 rebounds, and was the NBA defensive player of the year while playing for the Denver Nuggets.
Andre Miller: Probably a combination of not being very flashy and playing for bad teams kept Miller from making an all star team. Over his career he's been consistent, healthy, and one of the best point guards in the entire league.
Overlooked Years: 2001-2002, averaged 16.5 points, 1.6 steals, and led the league with 10.9 assists while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Josh Smith: One of the best athletes and most versatile players in the entire league. I'm unsure about what has kept Smith from making an all star team. He could very well make is first all star appearance this season.
Overlooked Years: 2007-2008, averaged 17.2 points, 2.8 blocks, and 8.2 rebounds while playing for the Atlanta Hawks. 2011-2012, averaged 18.8 points, 1.7 blocks, and 9.6 rebounds while playing for the Atlanta Hawks.
Kevin Martin: Injuries along with playing for bad teams have kept one of the NBA's most efficient scorers from ever making an all star team. However, Martin is on pace to make his very first all star team this season as he's off to a phenomenal start with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Overlooked Years: 2006-2007, averaged 20.2 points, 1.2 steals, and 4.3 rebounds while playing for the Sacramento Kings. 2007-2008, averaged 23.7 points, 1.0 steals, and 4.5 rebounds while playing for the Sacramento Kings. 2010-2011, averaged 23.5 points, 1.0 steals, and 3.2 rebounds while playing for the Houston Rockets.