When you think about an all-star, you think about a guy who is a top scorer for their perspective team and a guy who can really “take over a game.”
If you look at Thunder forward, Serge Ibaka’s improvement over the past few years, it is remarkable. Since coming into the league in 2009, Ibaka has improved his scoring, rebounding, and block numbers. His scoring averages have jumped up by 8, his rebounding by 3.1, and his blocks by 1.7 a game.
This year, Ibaka has averaged 14.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and three blocks a game. But, the question now becomes: Are those “all-star numbers”?
Well, unfortunately, you have to look at what other power forwards are out there that could virtually take Ibaka’s vote and spot. In the West, those guys are Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol, Zach Randolph, David Lee, and Lamarcus Aldridge.
Talk about competition.
Just with that point alone, you can make a case why he shouldn’t be an All-Star. But, the main reason is that Ibaka isn’t and all-star caliber player yet. At the end of the day, Ibaka doesn’t have the ability to “take over a game” when the Thunder need him to. It is very rare to see a third or fourth option to make an all-star game, and it will be extremely shocking to see Ibaka wearing Red and Black in Houston.
Wanna talk about someone who should be the Most-Improved player in the NBA? Serge Ibaka for ya, folks.