Did Jamal Crawford get snubbed as an All-Star?
Crawford is the second-leading scorer on the NBA’s second-best team. But he is also part of the second unit of the Los Angeles Clippers, and that works against him. For a good part of Crawford’s career, he has been someone that teams rely on for big shots at the end of games. With the obvious exception of Chris Paul, there is nobody on the Clippers better at creating their own shot off the dribble, and Vinny Del Negro has enjoyed having the option of having either one of them make a play when the game is tight. Paul is an starter in Vegas this year, and Crawford is playing at an All Star level, but he won’t be there.
So when is it OK for a bench player to be selected?