To the surprise of many, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets made the roster for the East. The Nets have played tremendously well in the month of January to bring their record up to 20-23, but it’s still a losing record, and Johnson is averaging 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists on the season – not exactly off-the-charts stuff from a statistical standpoint.
The most notable omissions from the team were Lance Stephenson and Kyle Lowry. Stephenson, who has been a catalyst for the best team in the league – Indiana Pacers – is averaging 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Lowry has been the captain of the ship for the division-leading Toronto Raptors, averaging 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.2 turnovers and 1.6 steals. Both players appear to have the better resume than Johnson on better teams, so it is especially strange that coaches, of all people, made this particular decision.
Johnson heard the news and had this to say:
Very honored to be selected to NBA AllStar.
— Joe Johnson 4real (@TheJoeJohnson7) January 31, 2014
Patrick Patterson, a teammate of Lowry on the Raptors, was less than pleased with the voting results:
Comparing Kyle Lowry & Joe Johnson.. Kyle numbers are better & he’s on a winning team. So how is he not the obvious choice? #Raptors
— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) January 31, 2014
It’s a very fair question, really.
James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.