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2015 NBA All-Star Weekend: Greg Monroe is a notable omission from All-Star roster

The Pistons will not be represented in the NBA All-Star game for the sixth straight year.

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The curse of Allen Iverson lives on, as the Detroit Pistons will not be represented in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. The rest of the rosters were announced on Jan. 29.

Andre Drummond and Brandon Jennings (pre-injury) got most of the marketing attention before the voting ended, but Greg Monroe deserved a look, too. In fact, he drew consideration from Zach Lowe at Grantland and he was a notable "Not On Team" name in SB Nation's breakdown of the All-Star weekend rosters.

See below:

All-Star Starters


Guard: Stephen Curry

Guard: Kobe Bryant (injured, will be replaced)

Forward: Anthony Davis

Forward: Blake Griffin

Forward: Marc Gasol


Guard: John Wall

Guard: Kyle Lowry

Forward: Pau Gasol

Forward: LeBron James

Forward: Carmelo Anthony

All-Star Reserves


Guard: James Harden

Guard: Russell Westbrook

Forward: Kevin Durant

Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge

Forward: Tim Duncan

Wild Card: Klay Thompson

Wild Card: Chris Paul

NOT ON TEAM: Damian Lillard, DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, Mike Conley, Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki.


Guard: Jimmy Butler

Guard: Jeff Teague

Forward: Paul Millsap

Forward: Al Horford

Forward: Chris Bosh

Wild Card: Kyrie Irving

Wild Card: Dwyane Wade (injured, may be replaced)

NOT ON TEAM: Kyle Korver, Brandon Knight, Derrick Rose, Nikola Vucevic, Greg Monroe.

Here's what Lowe had to say about Monroe:

Monroe is playing the best all-around ball of his career and deserves stronger All-Star consideration than he appears to have received. He has outplayed Drummond for the balance of the season, and he's working harder than ever on defense - at both big-man positions. When Detroit took off without Josh Smith, we all (justifiably) focused on the power of positioning three shooters around a pick-and-roll - something Stan Van Gundy can do only when he sits one of the Drummond-Monroe combination.

Detroit A.S. (After Smoove) has actually been at its best with both Drummond and Monroe on the floor, per Monroe is beasting in the post, dishing snappy interior passes, and making smart reads on defense. He'll never be a rim protector, but opposing ball handlers are shooting just 38.5 percent on pick-and-rolls in which Monroe's man is the screener - a strong number, per Synergy.

The roster weirdness that undid the Smith-era Pistons hurts Monroe's All-Star case just enough to open up a spot for someone else.

Like years past, the Pistons were not completely shut out from the NBA All-Star weekend festivities -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will play for Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge.

Now your All-Star thoughts.