January 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari (8) reacts with shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9) after he hit a 3-point shot with 13 seconds left on the clock in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Nuggets won 112-105. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Do any Nuggets deserve to be an All-Star?

With just six days left to vote for the NBA All-Stars, the third release of vote leaders come as no surprise. Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin are the starters as of now for the Western Conference. Starting for the Eastern Conference right now would be LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett (that should be interesting), Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade.

On the returns, no Nuggets were listed among the top voted players. There are 60 players from each conference listed and three Nuggets on the current ballot. With players like Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik and Metta World Peace ahead of them, do Kenneth Faried, Andre Iguodala or Danilo Gallinari deserve to make the All-Star team?

Here’s how they stack up against the rest of the Western Conference in their respective categories.

January 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried celebrates from the sidelines during the second half against the Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 110-91. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Kenneth Faried

Points – 18th (12 ppg)

Rebounds – 3rd (9.9 rpg)

Assists – 32nd (0.9 apg)

Blocks – 14th (.83 bpg)

Player efficiency rating – 30th (18.8) **league average is 15**

Dec 28, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari (8) waits for play to resume during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 106-85. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Danilo Gallinari -

Points – 10th (16.2 ppg)

Rebounds – 21st (5.5 rpg)

Assists – 12th (2.4 apg)

Three-point % – 13th (.346 3-pt %)

Player efficiency rating – 52nd (16.5) **league average is 15**

Dec 29, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala (9) reacts during the final seconds of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Memphis defeated Denver 81-72. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Iguodala -

Points – 12th (14 ppg)

Rebounds – 1st (5.7 ppg)

Assists – 18th (4.5 apg)

Three-point % – 36th (.331 3-pt %)

Player efficiency rating – 77th (14.6) **league average is 15**

While player efficiency is questionable (Javale McGee has the 16th highest PER in the entire league), the numbers don’t lie. The Nuggets are the perfect example of a team that doesn’t have that one true superstar, but a team that is built with young players who have the potential to take the next step. Faried, Gallo and Ty Lawson still have plenty of time to mold into that superstar and Iguodala is an established veteran.

Unfortunately with fan voting, it more times than not turns into a popularity contest. Which is fine because it allows the fans to see who they really want to see. Although I can’t help but remember the countless number of years where Yao Ming made the All-Star Game despite not paying in the first half of the season.

Which Nugget most deserves to make the All-Star Game? Be sure to visit our homepage and cast your vote.

Voting for All-Stars ends January 14. Cast your vote at NBA.com

 

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