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For the fourth year in a row, the Pistons will not be represented at the NBA All-Star Game.
It should come as no real surprise that the Detroit Pistons do not have any All Stars on their team. The 2013 NBA All-Star reserves were announced on Thursday evening, officially leaving the Pistons All Starless for the fourth year in a row. The last time the Pistons had an All Star was 2009 when Allen Iverson was somehow voted into the starting lineup. (I had completely forgotten about that and wish I hadn't looked it up.)
If the All Stars were chosen based on how they've performed per minute, though, you could say Drummond was snubbed. Tom Sunnergren of Philadunkia.com gave his argument for why Drummond should be an All Star in a recent ESPN 5-on-5, the first I've seen Drummond mentioned in the All Star discussion [H/T Dan Feldman at PistonPowered]:
Andre Drummond. The Pistons are reportedly brooding over whether to try to win now or hazard a youth movement. The fact that they think these two ideas are in conflict tells you a lot about the state of the organization. In just 19.8 minutes a night, their rookie center is 11th in the NBA in PER and leads all qualifying players with .363 wins per 48 minutes.
That latter figure is actually up to .366 now. More in a minute.
Until then, here are your NBA All-Star Rosters courtesy of NBA.com:
2013 Eastern Conference All-Star Team
2013 Western Conference All-Star Team
#denotes first-time selection