Nov. 14, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) stands on the court during the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Bulls defeated the Suns 112-106 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

NBA All-Star 2013: Carlos Boozer is Not An All-Star

A few weeks ago, a lot of people associated with the Chicago Bulls, including Luol Deng, felt that Carlos Boozer should have made the All-Star team this season. With All-Star weekend nearly upon us, it’s time to explain why he isn’t participating.

Feb 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau (right) talks with power forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center. The Spurs won 103-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

1. Boozer would have given the Bulls three all-stars.

This is the simplest issue. Whether fairly or not, only truly elite teams are “allowed” to have three all-stars. The Bulls, while very good, even without Derrick Rose, are not elite. The only team with three all-stars this season is the Miami Heat, who happen to be the defending champs and first in the East.

2. He’s Carlos Boozer.

This is self-explanatory.

3. He’s simply not that good.

Let’s do a quick hypothetical. I’ll give you three players, and you decide which of the three you would want on your team.

PLAYER A: 17.5 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 51% FG, 70.1% FT, 18.8 PER, 31.9 MPG

PLAYER B: 15.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 53.2% FG, 69.3% FT, 19.7 PER, 29.5 MPG

PLAYER C: 15.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 47.1% FG, 71.3% FT, 17.0 PER, 30.9 MPG

I’d probably take player A, myself, although Player B isn’t too far behind.

Wondering which one is Boozer? Actually, it’s a trick question. Player A is Boozer from his first year in Chicago, 2010-11. Player B is Boozer from 2011-12, and Player C is Boozer this season. So the question now is if Boozer wasn’t good enough to be an all-star either of his first two seasons with the Bulls, what makes him worthy this season?

Now, you might rightly point out that Boozer’s had to shoulder a bigger offensive load with Derrick Rose out. But Rose missed more than a third of last season and Boozer was as efficient has he’s ever been.

So let’s get off the Boozer thing and just enjoy Deng and Noah in the all-star game, shall we?

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