When the All-Star rosters were announced, most people were very surprised that Nets center Brook Lopez was left off the team. Some Hawks fans were surprised that Josh Smith was also left off, with improved numbers in his contract year, or that Al Horford and his nightly double-doubles were left off the team as well.
Last week's season-ending injury to Rajon Rondo opened a spot back up on the team, and Lopez has been selected to play in his first All-Star game by Commissioner David Stern. Lopez is averaging 18.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game in a strong comeback season after missing almost the entire 2011-12 season. He leads all centers in scoring in helping Brooklyn get off to a surprisingly good 27-18 start, and was recognized with his first selection on Wednesday.
Horford is averaging 16.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, after also missing most of the 2011-12 season. He has 23 double-doubles in 45 games this season. Smith is averaging 16.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game from the forward position and was hoping to finally be recognized with his first selection.
The All-Star Game will be held February 17 in Houston, Texas.